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Supporting Veterans in need

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By Mike LaCrosse

mlacrosse@abc6.com 

A 24-hour "Rock-A-Thon" at the Fall River VFW raised money for veterans in need.

Members of the Women's Auxiliary took turns rocking in a chair for the entire Veterans Day.  Money raised will help provide holiday meals for four veteran families.

"You just do it because we are doing it for a good cause and you don't think about how tired you are when you want something bad enough, you do what it takes," said Alicia Ferreira.

Meanwhile, in Warwick on Monday, New England Patriot Devin McCourty was helping "Operation Holiday Cheer."  The program sends about 350 care packages to members of the Rhode Island Nation Guard.  He signed autographs and posed for pictures.  People showing up for the free event brought items to donate to the cause.

"Everyone is telling the soldiers how grateful they are and thankful for what they do.  I think it's even better I get to do it in person," said McCourty.

"It's everything familiar to home.  Rhode Island is so unique.  We have so many things you find in Rhode Island and when you get that overseas you love it and you share it with people that aren't from Rhode Island and they love it too," said RI National Guard member Michael Cote.

"It's great, guys love it.  Everybody goes through the packages takes what they need," said Master Sgt. John Curran.

People can still make donations to "Operation Holiday Cheer" until November 23rd.

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