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Time-Sensitive, please read asap, to help honor our veterans

Original post made by Carrie Manley, Midtown, on Nov 11, 2012

Hi All,

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Posted by Ducatigirl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Thank you Carrie, for taking on this responsibility! May all the good karma come back to yu for yur graciousness.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Such a great cause... will be dropping items off!

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Posted by Carrie Manley
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

Big thanks to the Veterans Day elves (known and unknown) who brought many gifts through the night: raisins, Milano cookies, wool hats, Mr. Potato Head toys, Goldfish crackers, notepads, mounds of paperback books, and much more.

Special thanks to eight year old Brendan, who wrote the following letter, to be delivered this morning:

"Dear Veteran,
I hope you are having a great Veterans Day! Thank you for making our city good.
Your friend,

We're still collecting donations this morning, until 10am, at 764 Marion, and then the teen volunteers will head up for bedside deliveries at the Spinal Cord unit at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital.

If we end up with any extras, we will share with the hundreds of veterans who attend the annual Holiday Crafts fair at the VA hospital auditorium, Wednesday, Dec. 5th. This is a wonderful event organized by VA Recreational Therapist Tom McCarthy, and to learn more about how you can help at the fair, or sing carols on Christmas morning at the VA, just call the VA hospital, (650) 493-5000, and ask for Tom McCarthy in building 7.
Thanks again to everyone for your donations and support for our veterans. Most of all, thank you, veterans!

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Posted by Carrie Manley
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 13, 2012 at 8:29 am

Quick update on this item: a total of 8 teen volunteers, from Gunn, Paly, Menlo School and JLS went to three units at the VA hospital yesterday delivering your donated gifts and cards. The students were there for five hours! A big thank you to Grace, Will, Eric, Harry, Michaela, Ellen, Maddie and Maggi!! You are all awesome!! Also, thank you to two of the VA's finest: 4C Head Nurse Scott Sutorius and Building 7 Recreational Therapist Tom McCarthy for being so generous with your time, and for being such tremendous role models. Thanks, also to Brendan, Sarah and Jonathon for your beautiful home-made cards and letters. And thanks, too, to Karen at Nature's Alley in Mid-town for, once again, supporting this effort with the most lovely flowers, so appreciated by all the veterans. And to all the friends, known (Regina!!) and unknown, thank you for dropping off such thoughtful gifts. The teens loaded up three carts of presents, thanks to you! Also, thanks to our two volunteer drivers, Patti and Sue, for getting the teens up to the hospital on time for their Veterans Day deliveries! We couldn't have done all this without you! And one last sweet thank you: whoever made those brownies--they were a big hit!! Thank you!

If any of you would like to join in this on-going neighborhood effort to support our hospitalized veterans, please save the date: Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Karen at the local floral shop, Nature's Alley (across from Long's) is hosting our 2nd annual "Holiday Flowers For Our Vets" party! Come make a bouquet, draw a card, and join in the fun! And those of you who are interested/available, you are then invited to make bedside deliveries to the VA hospice and hospital. Rumor has it some jolly guy in a red suit will be leading the way. For more information, please call Karen at Nature's Alley, (650)326-3632.

Thanks again, to all, for your help in supporting our Veterans Day efforts! Thank you, teens, and thank you, veterans!

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Posted by Scott Sutorius
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

The teens and Carrie were awesome yesterday (Monday, observed Veterans Day). The cards, gifts and kind words to the vets were thoughtful and certainly well received. But it was the generosity of spirit and time that touched the vets on 4C. The teens, even after four hours of visiting over in bulding 7, still paused and took the time to listen to the stories and little 'pearls' that some of the vets shared. More than one vet said afterwards that they feel like the country is going to be okay and in good shape since it will be in the hands of people like the ones who visited them on this day of remembrance and appreciation. Thank you for being yourselves, and for bringing sunshine into our hospital community.