2015-2016 National Hospital Ambassador
Hospital: Spread Holiday Cheer to Hospitalized Veterans
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa – the season of giving is here! It’s a special time of year when we bake cookies, write cards, and shop for and wrap presents – no matter how busy we are!
Even though we’re caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s important to find time to remember our veterans who are confined in a medical facility and are dependent on family and friends to brighten their holiday. By giving of yourselves, you will truly feel the spirit of the holiday season.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money! Some suggestions to bring the season of joy to them:
- Decorate their door with a colorful winter scene.
- Give them a small flower or poinsettia to sit on the window sill or table.
- Display bright sun catchers to hang on the window.
- Make special holiday treats or snacks.
- Fill stockings with small gifts.
- Get a group together and sing carols in the halls or patient’s rooms.
Our veterans have spent years in service to our country for our freedom. They marched when tired, endured frostbite, hostile fire, and hardships we can’t even imagine. Many returned with lifelong injuries. During this busy time of the year, I’m personally asking everyone to find a few minutes to visit a hospitalized veteran. That’s a small gift for someone who has given so much. When you see their appreciative smiles, you’ll know it was time well spent.
My wishes to everyone for a safe and joyous holiday!