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Gift giving at WR and some outings we’ve been on recently. 1 of the guys won a gift certificate to a local restaurant at the VFW party. He and his wife insisted on treating us to lunch there. We all went out the day after Christmas to browse the shops on Main Street in Mt. Airy, then to a hearty lunch.

We made several trips to WR over the Christmas holidays. We had Santa sacks filled with toys, books, personal items, DVDs and all kinds of goodies. We had lots of items donated by various local groups and individuals, including much loved Girl Scout cookies and Boyds Bears! Many of the kids at WR were worried that Santa wouldn’t know where to find them since they weren’t at home…on Christmas morning there were several Santas at the Mologne House to visit and give out gifts!

Just a few weeks ago we had even more donated items to deliver to WR!! While on our rounds, we learned from a nurse that children’s videos were needed for when kids come out of surgery. On our next trip over, we took some used kids VHS movies that were much appreciated.

Something as little as filling a request for Copenhagen by a soldier who’s inpatient at WR meant the world to that guy. He called Friday afternoon and had his cans the next afternoon. If it’s within our power, we always do our best to get what they need as soon as possible.

We took a couple out with us for Valentine’s dinner at a wonderful steakhouse in Northern VA. They had the best steak they’ve had in a long time!! Sure beats that military food.

Ted was asked to speak at a local American Legion Riders meeting a few weeks ago and then at the state ALR meeting as well. They’re very interested in helping us with our Vests for Vets project as well as other HOTH projects. We work with a local business, No Croak Embroidery, who accepts donated vests or jackets and then puts patches on for us to give to our wounded heroes. Even used vests/jackets are accepted, patches are removed and new ones put in their place. We purchase the unit patches, OIF, OEF, etc, and even try to come up with a road name. Most of the vests have been a surprise to the guys and many say that out of all the gifts they’ve received, it is the most treasured! We’ve even had a few as door prizes at our BBQs.

Last week Oprah Winfrey aired an episode she recorded at WR while she was in town in January. We know several of the guys that were on it. Actually, we’ve been adopted by one of the guy’s units…the 40th Engineers FRG (Family Readiness Group) in Germany. We keep them updated on his progress and happenings.

This week we plan to present an Eagle Head Cane to one of the guys, take a few to the local Harley shops and out for a good meal. As they tell us, any day away from WR is a great day!

Also some pix from gift giving at WR and some outings we’ve been on recently. 1 of the guys won a gift certificate to a local restaurant at the VFW party. He and his wife insisted on treating us to lunch there. We all went out the day after Christmas to browse the shops on Main Street in Mt. Airy, then to a hearty lunch.

We made several trips to WR over the Christmas holidays. We had Santa sacks filled with toys, books, personal items, DVDs and all kinds of goodies. We had lots of items donated by various local groups and individuals, including much loved Girl Scout cookies and Boyds Bears! Many of the kids at WR were worried that Santa wouldn’t know where to find them since they weren’t at home…on Christmas morning there were several Santas at the Mologne House to visit and give out gifts!

Just a few weeks ago we had even more donated items to deliver to WR!! While on our rounds, we learned from a nurse that children’s videos were needed for when kids come out of surgery. On our next trip over, we took some used kids VHS movies that were much appreciated.

Something as little as filling a request for Copenhagen by a soldier who’s inpatient at WR meant the world to that guy. He called Friday afternoon and had his cans the next afternoon. If it’s within our power, we always do our best to get what they need as soon as possible.

We took a couple out with us for Valentine’s dinner at a wonderful steakhouse in Northern VA. They had the best steak they’ve had in a long time!! Sure beats that military food.

Ted was asked to speak at a local American Legion Riders meeting a few weeks ago and then at the state ALR meeting as well. They’re very interested in helping us with our Vests for Vets project as well as other HOTH projects. We work with a local business, No Croak Embroidery, who accepts donated vests or jackets and then puts patches on for us to give to our wounded heroes. Even used vests/jackets are accepted, patches are removed and new ones put in their place. We purchase the unit patches, OIF, OEF, etc, and even try to come up with a road name. Most of the vests have been a surprise to the guys and many say that out of all the gifts they’ve received, it is the most treasured! We’ve even had a few as door prizes at our BBQs.

Last week Oprah Winfrey aired an episode she recorded at WR while she was in town in January. We know several of the guys that were on it. Actually, we’ve been adopted by one of the guy’s units…the 40th Engineers FRG (Family Readiness Group) in Germany. We keep them updated on his progress and happenings.

This week we plan to present an Eagle Head Cane to one of the guys, take a few to the local Harley shops and out for a good meal. As they tell us, any day away from WR is a great day!