Operation Brotherhood collecting donations for vets

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MT. VERNON — Operation Brotherhood, a nonprofit organization created to support veterans and first responders, is seeking donations of hygiene and nonperishable food items.

The items will be distributed at the VA Maine Homeless Veterans Stand Down in October.

Accepted donations include razors, shaving cream, bar soap, lip balm, baby wipes, deodorant, female hygiene items, protein bars, snack items, canned goods and other foods.

Items can be dropped off from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 6 p.m. Saturdays at VFW Post 1603, 588 Minot Ave., Auburn. They may also be dropped off at the Hair Gallery, Water Street, Augusta; the VFW Service Officer office on the Togus campus; area VFW posts; and American Legion Post 153, New Auburn.

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Operation Brotherhood, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to intervening in veteran and first responder suicide, was created through the vision of Jason Wyman, president of the organization.

A Maine native and Army medic who served in Iraq, Wyman decided that he wanted to do more for all the first responders.

FMI, donations or volunteer opportunities: 207-514-4190 or 207-293-8044.

Jason Wyman, president and founder of Operation Brotherhood, stands with donations to distribute to veterans who attend the VA Homeless Veterans Stand Down in October.

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