It took three cars and five ladies to deliver this year’s Christmas gifts to patients in the PTSD Units at the Alvin C. York Veterans Hospital in Murfreesboro.
This was the ninth year that members of the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter, NSDAR, shopped, wrapped, and delivered gifts to these men and women. Starting with one unit of about 25 men the first year, this project grew to three units with an expected count of 65 men and six women for the holidays in 2018.
The Good News Class at the Fayetteville ARP Church has partnered with the chapter since almost the beginning. In addition, the Sunshine Girls Class at First Baptist Church and members of Parks City Baptist Church have also provided generous donations for several years. Gift bags included toiletries, snacks, socks, and puzzle books. Group gifts included underwear, popcorn, and decks of cards.
Members and friends who drove to Murfreesboro this year were Dora Whisenant, Judy Purinton, Laura Kinkle, Barbara Cantrell, and Addie Hodges. They were given tours of two of the units, as well as the courtyard built for these patients who reside in locked units. Patricia Hopper and Addie Hodges chaired the effort, and Mary Alice Brooks addressed Christmas cards to each patient.