Louisville VA Medical Center
Veterans Christmas Project Delivers Happy Holidays
The holiday season can be very harsh and cold for individuals who don’t have the warmth and companionship of close family and friends. To make the season brighter for 162 homeless Veterans and 24 Veteran families in transition, with 50 children between them, Robley Rex VA Medical Center staff, volunteers, and supporters from throughout the community provided gifts of respect and appreciation. Each Veteran and adult family member received a complete new outfit of clothing – Hat, scarf, gloves, coat, sweater, shirt, pants, underwear, socks and boots. The children were all provided clothing, pajamas, shoes, and toys that suited their interests. Family packages were delivered “anonymously” in the true spirit of Santa.
The spirit in which the gifts were given was returned ten-fold through the ear-to-ear smiles, joyous tears, and sincere words of appreciation. Donors can be assured that they absolutely made the season brighter for this very special population.
VA staff, volunteers, Veterans Service Organizations, community organizations, local businesses, and total strangers all participated in the project this year. This year, for the first time, all of the gift tags were adopted before the first day of December.
Donations to the medical center to support Veterans as a whole for the holiday season totaled nearly $95,000. Of that total amount, donations for the Christmas project alone exceeded $42,000! Our thanks and applause to everyone who helped make this Christmas a merry one for Veterans!
For information on donating or volunteering at the Robley Rex VAMC, please call 502-287-6221 or visit our website www.louisville.va.gov/giving/
Just a sampling of boxes filled with wrapped gifts ready to distribute to area homeless Veterans and Veteran families in transition.