The holidays are a special time of year for all of us and especially for our Military Veterans. For years during deployment, many active duty military spent the holidays overseas and away from their families. Now that they are veterans, the holidays are a special time and many families are all together for the first time in person and not over face-time or a phone call. For low-income families, making the holidays special can be difficult and we want to make sure that our kids get an opportunity to spend some time having fun with their neighbors. We work together with local organizations throughout the year that help us make these homes affordable; this year the Residential Purchasing Corp, also known as RPC, the Elks, and the Rotary gave big and helped us to make sure that every military child in our Veteran Enriched Neighborhood got a present.
This past Sunday, we had over 140 children that all received a gift and also got to take a picture with Santa Claus, some for the very first time. They also got to make gingerbread houses, paint snowflakes, bounce around in a giant obstacle jumper, and more. This is also a chance for our Veteran Mentors get to come out and speak with the families and get to know each of them a little bit better. We also check in with all of our families and make sure they are going to be able to provide for their families for the holidays, making sure every family gets to have presents under the Christmas tree. The Mentorship group was also able to collect toys to contribute to the military children. These contributions truly make this time in the veterans and their families lives special and memorable.