VA provides opportunities to make the holidays bright for veterans

Published: Dec. 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - From holiday cards, to Christmas caroling, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is providing many opportunities this holiday season to honor those who have sacrificed for our freedom.

Serving more than 58,000 veterans in 21 counties along South Carolina and Georgia, the Medical Center is full of veterans who will be alone during the holidays or in need in some way.

Fred Lesinski, Chief of Voluntary Services with the Medical Center, says in the last few weeks, several organizations have provided help for veterans in the Lowcountry.

The American Legion Post #178 gave nearly 30 gifts to veterans. Cross JROTC cadets visited and spent time with veterans.

Lesinski says schools and churches have been very proactive and giving this year, too. They've sent cards and gifts to veterans. Porter Gaud delivered enough toys to complete the Angel Tree program and provide 94 children of veterans with Christmas gifts.

Lesinski says the holidays highlight the need to give back to Veterans. But, he says, that need is there year around.

His hope is that this holiday, people will realize how much community engagement means to the thousands of veterans at the VA. Then, volunteers will bring that holiday joy to those in need all year long.

For more information on how you can get involved, click here.

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