Veterans Service
Robert Chapman Chairperson
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 
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 
Toilet Soap with container 
Optional Items:
Hair Brush 
Pre-Electric Shave Lotion 
Body Talc 
Foot Powder 
Postage Stamps 
Facial Tissues 
Gum or Lifesavers 
Canteen Coupon Book 
Pair of Slippers 
Ball Point Pens 
On-Station Programs 
Here are some fun activties that you can organize at VA medical centers:
Coffee Social 
Pool Tournaments 
Swimming Events 
Choral Groups 
Gymnasium Programs 
Softball Games 
Chess Games 
Ward Socials 
Variety Shows 
Wheelchair Bowling
Hobby Shows 
Radio Clubs 
Physical Fitness Programs 
Monte Carlo Nights 
Jazz Concerts 
Magic Shows 
Western Music & Square Dances 
Arts & Crafts Contests 
Stage Plays 
Special Holiday Parties 
Letter Writing 
Card Games.
Off-Station Programs 
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 
Sporting Events 
Sight-seeing Tours 
Stage Plays 
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. 

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