Deacons Veterans Project: Thank You!

Thank you for helping us reach our goal of $2,000 to help veterans at Willow Lodge (VA Medical Center). They will be able to enjoy the little extras that make a day special: an impromptu pizza party or Tim Horton’s coffee and donuts, for example. This is the 6th year we have supported them, and we are grateful to you.

Willow Lodge is a 20-bed Community Living Center that focuses on hospice/palliative care and rehabilitation. In honor of veterans and our 6th year, will you give generously to brighten the day of a veteran? Your generous donation allows the recreational therapist to purchase goodies and plan spontaneous fun throughout the year for our veterans. We will be collecting monetary donations with which we will purchase VISA cards.

A thank you from the recreation therapist:

Dear North Presbyterian Church community,
On behalf of the veterans residing on Willow Lodge in the Buffalo VA Hospital, I’d like to thank you for your generous donation!   Over $2000 was raised between Memorial Day and Independence Day.

I am the recreation therapist assigned to Willow Lodge.  While the doctors and nurses are charged with the health and comfort of the veterans we serve, it’s my role to provide for their quality of life.  Each person has different needs – especially at the end of life.  The North Presbyterian Church donation will help me meet those needs.  It could be something small  – like one person’s sudden desire for a pastrami sandwich.  Or something big  – like a tailgate party when the Bills make the playoffs!  (Or the Superbowl??? )  We know no one comes to the hospital because it’s a theme park, but  you’ve allowed me the flexibility to help the veterans make each day the best it can be, even in less than ideal circumstances.

Once again, I encourage you to contact me for a Willow Lodge visit if you’d like to see your donation at work.

Nancy Kaszynski

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