Bedford’s Just Naturals invites you to be a veteran’s Secret Santa

Are you looking to do something special this holiday season? As a way of saying thank-you, become a Secret Santa for a veteran living in a local nursing home.

Just Naturals & Co., of Bedford, offers a wide range of locally made, natural, chemical-free products for home, bath and body. For the third year, the shop, owned by Karen Girardo, has coordinated with local nursing homes to launch a Christmas drive that honors and celebrates veterans in the area. Last year’s Secret Santa drive put smiles on the faces of many veterans, Girardo said. She applauds the various holiday programs being offered for active-duty veterans serving overseas and lends her support to these endeavors year-round. But she wants people to remember veterans in nursing homes who live in the community all year.

“I have been a longtime supporter of veterans’ causes and wanted to do something that would allow people in the area the opportunity to show support for the veterans who are currently living in nursing homes,” Girardo said. “I have the highest regard for all the honorable servicemen and women who have put their lives on the line for our country’s freedom, and Christmas is but one of the times we should remember that many of our veterans are living next door in local nursing homes.”

Here’s how you can help: Stop by Just Naturals at 176 S. River Road and choose a Secret Santa Veteran request/name tag from the shop’s decorated Christmas tree. This year, the items requested range from cans of mixed nuts, cookies and candy to music CDs, sweatpants and winter gloves. Items range from $10-$30. Most veterans, including a 100-year-old gentleman, have served in conflicts dating from World War II to the Gulf War. In addition to your gift, Just Naturals will enclose an aromatherapy gift to each veteran as well.

“We are believers in the positive effects aromatherapy has on total well-being, our small way of saying thank-you for the service our vets have given and the sacrifice they have made,” Girardo said.

Just Naturals has name tags for nearly 100 local, mostly senior veterans, with their personal wish lists.

“Thank you for your generous support in last year’s Secret Santa veterans drive. With your continued support, we hope to top our offerings this Christmas,” Girardo said.

For more information, contact Karen Girardo via email at karen@justnaturalproducts.com or call 606-1345.