VFW Brings the Gift of Warmth & Love to Patients and Staff of Lexington Hospice House
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | Joe Nester
Throughout the year the Pelion Memorial VFW Auxiliary Post 9037 located at 505 Canal Drive in Pelion reaches out to Veterans and families that could use a little help. Even though we do it all year long it seems to have a special meaning around the holidays. We start our holiday gifts with Thanksgiving baskets and usually end it by donating toys, food, and clothing to a family to brighten up their home.
This year however was different. While we still did the Thanksgiving basket, we stepped it up a notch for Christmas. While some of us have families, unfortunately, some do not. We wanted to create one big family even if just for one day. We tried to warm some hearts. How better to do that than to reach out to Agape’ Hospice House. With the help of Greg Charlton, we contacted them and found out the needs of the residents. Once that was established, I reached Auxiliary President Gina Nolasco from the Lake Murray VFW Post 6740 to see if they would like to join us in helping. Unfortunately, it was short notice, but that did not stop Auxiliary President Gina Nolasco and her husband Rich from personally making a generous donation of some of the supplies needed.
One evening and with love the Pelion Memorial VFW Auxiliary Post 9037 President Synthia Henderson, Senior Vice President Jerri Williams, Secretary/Treasurer Karen Zaledzieski and Guard Hugo Zaledzieski along with Gina Nolasco delivered 60 blankets, 55 men’s body wash, 50 women’s body wash, 100 toothbrushes, 100 tubes of toothpaste, 120 pairs of men’s socks, 120 pairs of women’s socks and Santa Clause to Agape’ Hospice.
However, there was still something missing. Gina and I decided we wanted to let the staff know they are extraordinary and appreciated too. With the help of Sam Capellino, Gina and Rich Nolasco, Carlisle Rast, Jerri Williams, Hugo and Karen Zaledzieski we brought cookies, fruit, and sandwiches for the staff. I can’t speak for anyone else but needless to say, I felt the real meaning of Christmas that evening.
Karen Zaledzieski Secretary/Treasurer Pelion Memorial VFW Auxiliary Post 9037