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Louisville VA Medical Center

 

Robley Rex VA Medical Center plays Santa

Santa's elves, Marybeth Stewart (Information Desk Staff) and Donald Pfannenstiel (Program Analyst) sort boxes of gifts and prepare them for Santa's delivery.

Santa's elves, Marybeth Stewart (Information Desk Staff) and Donald Pfannenstiel (Program Analyst) sort boxes of gifts and prepare them for Santa's delivery.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

In the spirit of the holiday season, Robley Rex VAMC, Voluntary Service, hosted a Veterans Gift Tree to help make the holiday season brighter for homeless Veterans and for needy Veterans and Veteran families in our local community.

VA staff and volunteers, along with multiple corporate, Veterans and community partners, supported the project by selecting a gift tag and providing a coat, hat, gloves, pants, shirt or sweater for an enrolled Homeless Veteran, or by adopting a Veteran family in need. 

Thanks to the generosity of these sponsors, who provided clothing, toys, gift cards and household goods valued at $31,336:

  • 121 veterans residing in three local residential treatment centers received a complete set of clothing for Christmas.
  • 9 HUD/VASH Veterans and their families received clothing and toys.
  • 6 OEF/OIF Veterans and families received clothing and toys
  • 3 PolyTrauma Veterans and families received clothing and toys
  • 1 other Veteran received gifts for his daughter

PLUS! Because the response to the project was overwhelmingly successful and donations exceeded our expectations, we were able to provide Christmas gifts for all of the Veterans enrolled in Community Residential Care (CRC), Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM), and Medical Foster Care. 

In addition, two cart-loads of assorted clothing items were packed and shared with the Homeless Veterans Program Coordinator for distribution to needy Veterans throughout the winter.  A third cart loaded with clothing items was delivered to Social Work Service to support needy Veterans as they are discharged from the hospital. 

Of course, the hospitalized Veterans and those visiting the outpatient clinics were not neglected.  In addition to special visits throughout the month, Veterans benefited from material donations/gifts valued at $21,209 and monetary donations valued at $8200.

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