’Tis the season at Boscov’s

Retailer collecting non-perishable food items for veterans

T-L Photo/ CARRI GRAHAM BOSCOV’S CHRISTMAS in July Veterans Angel Tree fundraiser is underway throughout the month of July. Customers may choose a tag from the tree and donate clothing for veterans in need.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The weather may be warm, yet Christmas is being celebrated a bit early for one Ohio Valley Mall retailer.

Boscov’s is kicking off summer with its annual “Christmas in July” in support of local shelters and veterans this summer. The store is “spreading Christmas cheer” for the fourth consecutive year throughout the month of July.

The department store has partnered with The House of the Carpenter of Wheeling to aid in stocking their shelves for the summer season. The House of the Carpenter serves the needs of people throughout the Upper Ohio Valley.

Lisa Kindler, Boscov’s public relations manager, said that donations of non-perishable items are welcome and can be dropped off at a dropbox located at the parking lot front entrance of the store.

In addition, the store has teamed up with the Elks 231 in order to support local veterans.

Kindler said the store has an angel tree to aid local veterans with apparel and other necessary items.

The tree holds various ornament tags with veterans names upon each tag. Kindler said the tags also indicate which items the veteran requires.

Customers are invited to pick a name-tag. The gracious shopper can then see what the veteran is in need of and purchase the items.

“Customers can grab a tag from the tree, choose an angel, then take the purchased items to the courtesy desk. The store will gift wrap and the Elks will distribute the donated items to a local veteran in need,” she said.

The Elks 231 work with three local veterans associations in Martins Ferry, Bellaire, and Shadyside, where they will bestow the donated items provided by the stores generous customers.

Kindler said that Boscov’s also works with assisting the veterans during Christmas time, when they also have the angel tree available.

“We always work with the veterans, doing the same thing, during Christmas,” she said.

Both charitable functions are available at Boscov’s throughout July, concluding on July 31.

“This is part of what we do to help the community,” Kindler added.