Medical Center Needs
VA medical centers are in constant need of supplies and equipment, and they'll welcome any help you can give. Try any of the following: General Supplies: Lap Robes, Slippers, Bibs, Handkerchiefs, Stationery, Envelopes, Pens, Pencils, First Class Mail Stamps, Deodorants, Shampoo, Razors, Shaving Cream, Nail Files, Sewing Kits.
Library Supplies: Paperbacks (Western, Detective, Historical, etc.); Pictorial Magazines (People, Us, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Crossword Puzzle Magazine, Reader's Digest, etc.) Magazines should not be more than three months old.
Greeting Cards: New only -- Christmas, Valentine, Birthday, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day and "All Occasion" assortment.
Art Supplies: Water Paints, Poster Paints, Brushes, Crayons, Colored Pencils, Colored Markers, Art Paper.
Occupational Therapy and Manual Arts Supplies: Felt, Yarn, Masonite, Peg Board, Carpet Rags (rolled), Leather, Used Nylon Hose (for rugs and stuffing animals), Plastic Upholstery Materials, Foam Rubber (granulated or pieces), Ceramic Tiles, Plastic Models.
Fishing Supplies: Cane Poles, Rods and Reels, Hooks, Bobbers, Lead Shots, Leaders, Small Individual Tackle Boxes, Bait Boxes.
Greenhouse Supplies: Flower Vases, Heavy Vases (glass, ceramic or metal), Floral Table Centerpiece Dishes (low, flat pieces).
Golf Equipment: Balls, Clubs, Bags, Carts, Putters, Tees.
Musical Supplies: Good Condition -- Phonograph Records (33 and 45 RPM only), Audio Tapes, Compact Discs, Guitars, Beginning Method Books.
Small Appliances: Hot-Air Popcorn Poppers, AM-FM Radios, Tape Players, CD Players, Televisions and VCRs.
Games: Dominoes, Checkers, Playing Cards, Monopoly, etc.
General: Homemade Cookies and Pastries, Flower Arrangements, Canteen Books, Afghans, Wheelchair Cushion Covers (three to four inches thick), Ditty and Wheelchair Bags.
Welcome Kit for New Patients
Putting together welcome kits for new patients is another simple but effective project that doesn't require much more than some of your time. Here are some items to include:
•Safety Razor and pack of blades •Shaving Cream •Comb •Mirror (4 x 6 or larger) •Nail Clipper and File •Toothbrush, Toothpaste, or Denture Cup with Cleaner •Aftershave Lotion or Perfume •Hair Shampoo, Hair Dressing, Hair Spray •Deodorant •Toilet Soap with container
•Hair Brush •Pre-Electric Shave Lotion •Body Talc •Foot Powder •Postage Stamps •Stationery •Facial Tissues •Gum or Lifesavers •Canteen Coupon Book •Pair of Slippers •Ball Point Pens
Here are some fun activties that you can organize at VA medical centers:
•Coffee Social •Bowling •Pool Tournaments •Swimming Events •Choral Groups •Gymnasium Programs •Softball Games •Chess Games •Movies •Ward Socials •Variety Shows •Dances •Wheelchair Bowling •Hobby Shows •Radio Clubs •Physical Fitness Programs •Monte Carlo Nights •Bingo •Jazz Concerts •Magic Shows •Western Music & Square Dances •Arts & Crafts Contests •Stage Plays •Special Holiday Parties •Letter Writing •Card Games.
And some activities for those veterans who are not confined to the facility:
•Dinner at the Lodge •Picnic at the Lodge or suitable grounds •Fishing Trips •Golf Matches •Concerts •Sporting Events •Sight-seeing Tours •Stage Plays •Movies •Lodge Social.
Holidays and Special Events
Include our hospitalized veterans in your holiday plans: New Year's Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Valentines Day, Washington's Birthday, St. Patrick's Day, Good Friday, Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Anniversary of VA (July 21), Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.