Central New York

Liverpool Public Library Giving Back to the Troops

The Liverpool Public Library hopes to raise even more donations than last year when it raised three barrels full. (c) 2015 Josh Schoch

The Liverpool Public Library hopes to raise even more donations than last year when it raised three barrels full. (c) 2015 Josh Schoch

The Liverpool Public Library began its campaign to raise donations for military veterans once again this week. The library has set up a barrel where patrons can drop off single-serving snack or drinks items, as well as personal products.

This is the sixth year the library has asked for donations for the troops, with last year’s effort of four barrels of items being the mark to beat. Through the first two days of the drive one-and-a-half barrels have already been donated. Library officials hope to raise as many as five or six barrels this year.

All donations will be given to the Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room at Hancock International Airport. The room is located by the baggage claim of the north terminal.

The room is set up to be a place where military members and their families can relax and enjoy complimentary snacks, beverages and travel items. It includes dozens of recliners, several televisions and a full kitchen. And the vtereans clearly appreciate it.

“Hardly anybody leaves here without a thank you or we really appreciate it,” said Larry Craft, a Gregory J. Harris Mitilary Courtesy Room Volunteer. “So it makes you feel like your time here is really worthwhile.”

There are hundreds of military courtesy rooms throughout the country, but the Gregory J. Harris military room is one of only two that are entirely donation-based and privately funded. The room has raised over $80,000 in donations from Central New York residents in the eight years it’s been open.

The Liverpool Public Library will be raising donations until Veteran’s Day, November 11.

The Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room is also accepting donations year round.