Contact information for local veterans services:
The Allen County Veterans Service Commission
301 N. Main Street
P.O. Box 1243
Lima, OH 45802
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By Freddie Groves
I can’t think of a sadder place to be during the holidays than a hospital. But the healthy among us can step up and brighten the day of a hospitalized veteran with very little effort.
Call the local Department of Veterans Affairs hospital and ask for the nursing-home care unit or Volunteer Services. Nursing-home patients often will never leave the hospital and move back home. A holiday visit and a small present can go a long way toward brightening their day and letting them know they’re remembered.
Here are some gift ideas, subject to approval from staff:
- Stationery with pre-stamped envelopes and pens
- Tube socks
- Bedside travel-type clocks
- Photo frames (no glass)
- Small hand-held games
- Pocket calendars
- Colorful bedside containers for small miscellaneous items
- Canteen Service Coupon Books: These allow the patients to make purchases at the canteen for small items they want. In many locations these are books of $5 worth of coupons, perfect for putting in a card or small package.
Nursing staff might be able to tell you if there is a specific small item a patient might like to have, and whether or not a patient can have sweets. Or you could make a group gift to the whole medical unit for the day room. A large-screen television, a stereo with CDs or an ice-cream maker would benefit the whole unit, as well as the staff. I know what you’re thinking: Nobody likes hospitals, and you don’t want to do this. But hospitalized vets need us, especially during the holidays.
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