Veterans treated to shopping holiday

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Residents of the Mt. Vernon Veterans Nursing Home were recently treated to an afternoon of holiday shopping for their families. Elves assisting veterans in choosing gifts for their loved ones are pictured. Front row, from left: Janyce Chouteau-Musgrove, Monett American Legion Auxiliary Unit 91 and MVVNH Representative, and her sister, Mary Danaher, from Kansas City, who is also a member of Unit 91. Back row: Patty Garrett, Unit 372 Lockwood; Mary Krasihe, Unit 639 Springfield; Jaretta Holt, Unit 434 Nixa; Michalene Smith, Unit 434 Nixa; David Kloppenborg, director of volunteer service at MVVNH; Sandy Boyer, Unit 434 Nixa; Judi Black, Unit 434 Nixa; and Vicky Taylor, Lockwood 372. One of the tasks of the American Legion Auxiliary has undertaken for several years includes buying items and putting them on display tables for veterans to choose for their loved ones. Volunteers also assist veterans in selecting and wrapping gifts and then delivering packages to the residentís room to await delivery. Contributed photo

Residents of the Mt. Vernon Veterans Nursing Home were recently treated to an afternoon of holiday shopping for their families.

Patty Garrett, left, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 372, Lockwood, and Mary Danaher, right, from Kansas City, who is also a member of Unit 91, finish setting up gift tables so that residents of the Mt. Vernon Veterans Nursing Home could do some holiday shopping for their loved ones. There are seven Veteran Assisted Living Homes and four Medical Centers in Missouri where volunteers from the American Legion Auxiliary treat the veterans with an annual special shopping day. Funds are supplied by donations from business and from fundraisers throughout the state. The American Legion Auxiliary has a representative at each facility to coordinate with the volunteer director in order to have a successful Gift Shop. Contributed photo