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Several members of the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently visited a ward at the Alvin C. York Veterans Hospital in Murfreesboro.
Addie Hodges, Veterans Committee chairman, worked with volunteer services specialist Judy Campbell and nursing manager Stacey Blythe to arrange for the visit and for the “adoption” of one special veteran within the ward. The chapter had asked to personalize the project by paying special attention to a patient who had little or no support from family or friends.
They were given the name of a patient who had been in the ward for about a year.
The chapter collected money at recent meetings to purchase Christmas gifts for their adopted veteran as well as small items for all 30 members in the ward. Based on a “needs list” supplied by the hospital, several members went shopping and then met at Ms. Hodges’ home to wrap gifts for their adoptee and to put together packages for the ward.
In addition to monetary contributions, several members chose to provide additional gifts for their veteran. He received clothing, socks, slippers, puzzle books, pens and pencils, snacks, toiletries, movies, and country music CDs. He is a Titans fan, so he also received a Titans shirt and cap.
In addition to several movies that one member contributed to the ward, those patients received bags that included pens, notebooks, puzzle books, lip balm, candy, and crackers. The bags will be given to the patients upon their release. A nurse on the ward said that many of the patients leave with absolutely nothing to take with them and can expect little support from family and friends after their release.
All of the men on this ward are suffering from PTSD.
Each veteran also received a card thanking them for their service, sacrifice, and commitment to the preservation of our freedom.
DAR members actively working on this project included Kristin Armitage, regent, as well as Dora Whisenant, treasurer, Elaine Powell, Betty Richardson, Suzanne Billings, Kay Wiley, Sherrie Tomerlin, Eleanor Helton, Jan Duncan, and Addie Hodges, vice regent.