6th DISTRICT AMERICAN LEGION FAMILY
33rd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY AND GIFT GIVE AWAY
AT THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HOME, OXFORD, NY
Hello Legion family (ALA, AL, Sons and Riders),
It is time again for the annual Christmas Party and gift give away at the Oxford Veterans Home at 8 a.m. on DECEMBER 10, 2016 sponsored by the 6th District Legion Auxiliary and the Legion Family. The District consists of 10 Counties, which are Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins.
This program was started many years ago in 1983 by my predecessor Carol Johnson. This year Carol retired as the Service to Veterans Representative and recommended me, Tami Zebrowski Darrow from ALA Unit 1645 in Binghamton, to the ALA Department of NY to be the new representative to the Oxford Home.
Last year we had 112 Volunteers for a total of 460 hours donated by them. No one UNIT, one POST, or one SQUADRON can DO IT ALL. Donations and volunteering comes from all of you through your kindness and generosity.
The whole program begins at 8 a.m. at the Home as the truck and cars arrive with the gifts that need to be unloaded. Coffee and donuts are served for the early workers. Then, volunteers get to work to set-up the hall tables and fill them with gifts and set-up wrapping stations. Usually by 9:30 a.m. we are ready to let the residents begin to do their shopping for their family or themselves, guided by you, our Legion family volunteers. THERE IS NO COST TO ANY RESIDENT FOR ANYTHING! All is provided by your Legion family donations.
All volunteers are treated to a FREE lunch by Oxford American Legion Family Post 376 in Oxford. (17 S. Washington Ave; plenty of parking in the rear.) This is very gracious of them and very much appreciated.
After lunch, around 1 p.m., Santa and his helpers, Mrs Santa, the elves and the volunteers (that can stay on) go around to each resident's room and deliver a bag of Christmas gifts for them. It is a very rewarding and joyous day for every resident, staff, any family members, and our Legion family Volunteers.
I, personally, want to thank you all in advance for your hours of volunteer time and your monetary donations to continue to make this a 6th District ALA and Legion Family event for our Veteran residents at the Oxford Home. PLEASE POST THIS ON YOUR POST'S BULLETIN BOARD AND PASS IT ON TO ALL OF YOUR LEGION FAMILY MEMBERS.
I am a little behind in asking for donations as it usually starts in August and it continues right up to the day of the Party but shopping has already begun. DONATIONS ARE BADLY NEEDED AND GREATLY APPRECIATED.
If you would like to donate, please make checks payable to: ALA 6th District, Oxford Home
Send donations to: Tami Zebrowski-Darrow
6 Lillian Drive
Binghamton, NY 13903
Just as you have supported Carol and other previous ALA 6th District Representatives for the Oxford Home, I hope that you all will continue to join me in this worthwhile program. Remember we are all here to provide "Service to our Veterans".
If you have any questions you can call me at (607) 722-5994 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again for your donations and for volunteering your time,
TAMI ZEBROWSKI-DARROW (aka Mrs Santa)
"SERVICE TO VETERANS"
6th District American Legion Auxiliary Representative to the Oxford Home