The Lions Club delivered 2000 cookies and 670 Christmas Cards to the vets at the Sandusky Veterans Home on December 8th, Saturday. The cards were filled out to the specific resident at the home wishing them a Merry Christmas and thanking them for their service. Chocolate chip cookies were donated, baked, bagged, and loaded by the American legion Post 211 in Avon Lake and delivered by the Lions in the Legion van.
Lions volunteering were John Kaczmarek, Paul Johnson, John Aunspaw (Santa), Pete Kratt, Eric Jaworski, and President Jen MacNamara. We arrived at the home at ten in the morning and left early afternoon, but not before meeting a few hundred grateful veterans who were very grateful for the cookies and the well wishes in the cards. Santa had quite a few wishes given to him and the vets and the staff got a huge kick out of seeing him and it really put a charge into their work day.
Thanks to all those who wrote out cards, the list is endless but the effort and the contents of those cards were not in vain-more than one vet and Lion member got a "a case of the sniffles" when the vet read out the card. The American Legion Post came through-as usual. I don't know if people really realize what a great organization this is-they don't just support vets-they support our entire community. I got a first hand view of this when they hosted our Junior Shoreman Award Banquet several years ago. Support them in any way you can.
This project will be back next year in conjunction with our Holiday Mail for Heroes which gets Christmas cards to our troops worldwide. Thanks!