VFW members deliver fruit baskets to seniors

BALDWIN — Showing once more that leaving military service doesn't mean the end of their serving those around them, several members of VFW Post No. 5315 delivered several fruit baskets to the residents of the Grand Oaks Nursing Center on Dec. 22.

"As a veteran's organization we try to help people in the community," said VFW Post commander David Woodman. "Some of the members of Grand Oaks are veterans themselves and it doesn't matter if they're a member of the post or not, it's our mission to aid them. Of course, we try to help everyone when we can."

The administrators of the nursing center as well as the residents appreciated the gifts, which came just in time for Christmas.

"It was excellent," remarked the Grand Oaks activities director Christine Engels. "It's something they do every year. It's great they think of us and it's such a service to our residents."

The VFW members are no strangers to the denizens of Grand Oaks. It is quite common to see them at the senior community on holidays, bringing new flags for flag day or baking cookies for Veterans Day.

"They brought three baskets to us this year and we handed them out to the residents and we told them it was from the VFW," said Engels. "They just had a glow on their faces. It's always nice to see people in the community are thinking about them. They really appreciated it."

Woodman and his fellow veterans were happy to help.

"The VFW is about serving veterans and serving our communities," said Woodman. "That's what this was."