Be a veteran’s Secret Santa

BEDFORD – Are you looking for something special to do for a veteran this holiday season? As a way of saying thank you, become a Secret Santa for a veteran living in one of our local nursing homes and veterans transitioning from homelessness.

Just Naturals of Bedford offers a range of locally-made natural and chemical-free products for home, bath and body. For a sixth consecutive year, the shop, owned by Karen Girardo, has coordinated with local nursing homes to launch a Christmas drive that honors and celebrates veterans in our area.

In addition to two area nursing homes, this year Liberty House in Manchester is included as part of the initiative.

Liberty House is a housing facility that is dedicated to helping veterans who are in the process of transitioning from homelessness.

Here’s how to help: Through Dec. 12, stop by Just Naturals at 176 South River Road and choose a Secret Santa veteran request/name tag from the decorated Christmas tree. This year, the items requested range from Red Sox items, cookies and candy, to music CD’s, sweatpants, winter gloves and blankets.

In addition to your gift, Just Naturals will be enclosing an aromatherapy gift to each veteran as well.

"We are believers in the positive effects aromatherapy has on total wellbeing – 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 and many senior veterans, with their personal wish lists.