Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
Gearing Up for the Holiday in July!
At the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, our Voluntary Service department receives donations from many different organizations throughout the year that assist our Veterans. During the holiday season, people tend to be more generous and Voluntary Service receives the largest donations between the months of November and December.
In December 2012, alone, the service received over $45,000 worth of donations for our Veterans. Donations were both of monetary value as well as valuable time. In addition, the facility received approximately 2,500 holiday cards from local elementary and high school students as well as from colleges and retirement homes.
The PVAMC hosts visitors who come to see our Veterans and wish them a happy and safe holiday. Ms. Philadelphia, The Mummers, Santa Claus and the Phillies Phanatic are just a few of those who took time out of their day to stop by the Medical Center to let them know how much their military service is appreciated.
In 2012, Veterans received new winter coats that were donated by Communication Workers of America Local 13,000. The Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Committee donated hats and gloves, and Rob Bender and PG&E donated tickets to the Army/Navy game. There are so many organizations and businesses that care about our Veterans and they like to generously give back each year.
Bristol-Myers participated in Adopt-A-Family program and helped four Veterans and their families get back on their feet. Shire Pharmaceuticals donated gift cards, and the Masons gave $1,000 toward Patient Centered Care initiative. The Marine Corps League contributed $2,000 to our Community Living Center Veterans, and Preferred Automotive donated two pair of season tickets for the Temple Owl Basketball games. Every donation is appreciated and Veteran recipients are forever grateful.
So as we move quickly through the month of July, start planning your organization’s holiday schedule and know that our Veterans appreciate everything you have done to support those who have served.