When Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter DAR members and friends delivered Christmas gifts to the PTSD Units at the VA Hospital in Murfreesboro in December, they learned of another pressing need – jackets so that patients could go out into the enclosed courtyard attached to their building when the weather is chilly.
The group had already started planning a jacket drive before leaving the hospital grounds.
In the next few weeks, they contacted chapter members and friends, and two members announced the project in their churches. As a result, the ladies collected 90 jackets for men and women patients at the facility. Some came from DAR members, many came from friends, and 44 came from the Washington Street Church of Christ and the Mimosa Church of Christ Ladies’ Bible Class. At least a third of the jackets were brand new.
The staff was thrilled to receive so many items. Most of the jackets will be kept on site for patients to use during their stay in the units. Many of their patients are homeless, and have no clothes to take with them when they leave. Some of the jackets will be given to them to keep.
While they were on campus, the ladies also visited Fisher House, which is near the PTSD building. This is similar to a Ronald McDonald House and serves families of patients at VA hospitals throughout the area. Approved families may stay free of charge until their patient is dismissed. They were given a tour and told about the history of the Fisher House Foundation.
DAR members who drove to Murfreesboro to deliver jackets were Patricia Hopper and Addie Hodges. Friends who participated were Laura Kinkle, Barbara Cantrell and Faye Liddie.