Thank you to all the wonderful organizations and individuals that participated in the 2019 Veterans Shoe Box Drive. Eighteen hundred boxes were collected in total. In December, the boxes were distributed to Veterans at VA Hospitals in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Hot Springs.
The Veteran Shoe Box Drive is organized by the Little Rock-Centennial Chapter DAR and is sanctioned by the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Voluntary Services office. Chief of Voluntary Services, Mr. Micheal Dobbs, and staff coordinated the delivery of boxes to veterans. We were thrilled to have NSDAR Arkansas State Regent Junelle Mongno join us for the delivery. We were able to hand deliver some boxes to veterans at the VA and many were left for veteran patients on each floor of the VA hospitals. Little Rock-Centennial Chapter DAR prepared 145 shoe boxes for women veterans.
Thank you to Publishing Concepts Inc. in Little Rock for storing the boxes and publishing the shoe box flyer in the Life in Chenal Magazine. It was truly an honor to deliver boxes to veteran patients and thank them for their service. Thank a Veteran today and everyday.
For the 2019 DAR National Day Of Service, the Little-Rock Centennial Chapter prepared and wrapped 145 Veteran Shoe Boxes for the Veterans Shoe Box Project. Our chapter coordinates with the Voluntary Services Office at Central Arkansas VA Healthcare System on this special project. The boxes, along with many others that will be collected throughout the area, will be distributed by our chapter to veterans this December. We are honored to participate in this great project again this year, and look forward to many more years of participating.
Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock is a historic landmark, and it was an honor for some members of the Little Rock Centennial Chapter to participate in placing flags all through the cemetery Memorial Day weekend. The flags will remain until after July 4th to honor all men and women veterans buried at Mount Holly. Mount Holly has 500 veterans from all American wars from the Revolutionary War to the first Iraqi war.
February was another big month for the Little Rock Centennial Chapter.
Our monthly meeting kicked off with a program on chapter projects that a few members have been working on. Taylor Newkirk showed the new chapter website and Facebook page, Layne Baker showed an example of the new chapter newsletter, and Rachel Norwood spoke about her project of mapping all of our chapter member’s Patriots including their service. We are so proud of all of the outstanding work these ladies are doing moving our chapter forward.
Our Chapter Regent then installed new member Paula Slater. We are thrilled to welcome Paula to the Little Rock Centennial Chapter.
Our chapter also participated in a few events in the community during the month of February. We partnered with the Gilbert Marshall Chapter on Valentine’s Day to serve cookies and coffee at Towbin Healthcare Center VA for the National Salute to Veteran Patients Week.
Our chapter then hosted a bingo night for the veterans at Towbin Healthcare Center later that evening. This is an amazing event that we have hosted the past few years, and are already looking forward to the next. After playing a few rounds of bingo, we served snacks and visited with the veterans.
The chapter was also honored to celebrate the birthdays of the veterans at Towbin Healthcare Center that were born in February. We were joined by the ASDAR State Regent, Junelle Mongno, as well as members of other DAR chapters in our Quapaw District.
What a wonderful month it was getting to serve our veterans!
December was a busy month for the Little Rock Centennial Chapter.
We started off the month by working with the ladies of the Gilbert Marshall chapter to prepare gift boxes for the Veterans Show Box Drive on December 5th.
Next up was our monthly chapter meeting where Dr. Daniel Littlefield, Director of Sequoyah National Research at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, spoke about Native Americans in WWI and the Arkansas connection. [Insert a fun fact or two here]
We also installed a new member at our December meeting – Carolyn Eastham.
Our chapter wrapped up the month by assisting with the distribution of the shoe boxes to veterans at Ft. Roots Towbin Healthcare VA System in North Little Rock and McClellan VA Hospital in Little Rock. There were a total of 1,651 shoe boxes donated by forty-eight organizations and fifty individuals. The Little Rock Centennial Chapter donated a total of 123 boxes. We are honored to be a part of this project, and can’t wait for next year.
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