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Notes from the Department Secretary

From the Secretary's Desk
By Barb Nath, Department Secretary

The last year has been busy and blessed. With the holiday season now over, I trust that each of you were able to spend time with your family and friends.

This year, I was privileged to be able to participate in the Domiciliary Gift Shop. It was my first time to see this project in action. I was asked to assist a veteran in picking out his presents for several family members most of whom lived out of state. We began by just strolling through the vast options available to him. Then we settled down to business. While he had a list of items, those specific items weren’t available. So, we threw out the list and chose from what was available. He selected slippers, toys, speakers and a multitude of other items. We took all his gifts to the gift wrapping table and kept three people busy wrapping (thankfully, we were one of the first ones finished shopping so everyone was free to help.). While gifts were being wrapped, this wonderful veteran got his picture taken to send to his family and wrote cards for each family member. From there, we took his gifts to the shipping table and had them prepared for shipping. Imagine his surprise to learn that there was no cost to him to send his expression of love to his family. While we waited we talked about membership in The American Legion and he indicated his desire to be a member of Jack Henry Post 1 in Anchorage. My thanks to this veteran for allowing me the honor of serving him and making his holiday that much brighter.

As the new year progresses, may each of us look for and find ways to provide a service to others. Remember, it’s not the size of the service, it’s the heart of love behind the service that makes it great. Have a blessed new year.

Yours in Service,

Barb Nath, Department Secretary


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