MEIGS COUNTY — For those who gave all, a local American Legion group hoped to give back in return.
Pomeroy American Legion Drew Webster Post/Unit 39 during December visited two assisted living facilities in the area to provide gifts for veterans.
“We take care of our veterans,” JoAnne Newsome, of the Drew Webster Auxiliary, said. “What we always tell them is we thank them for serving our country. This is our way of thanking them for serving our country and this is how we pay them back.”
The group’s first stop was Arbors at Pomeroy, with a visit to Overbrook Rehabilitation Center in Middleport a little more than a week later. Residents were greeted by Santa Claus as they received presents.
Every veteran received a warm blanket with satin trim to keep them comfy in winter weather, along with three to four items specifically requested by the veterans themselves. Santa and volunteers watched as residents opened their presents, and Newsome said that one of the gifts that residents were excited for the most was chocolate bars.
“They have fancy cardboard wrappers with Ohio State designs for Ohio State fans or just regular Christmas ones, but we have a bunch of them that look like a $1,000 bill.”
Typically, the group also has a party for the veterans, along with a small program as well.
“They’re just so lovable,” Newsome said. “They’re so thankful and they’re so appreciative, and it just makes us feel good that they acknowledge and appreciate all the hard work. It makes us feel like all our hard work all gets paid for. Our satisfaction, it’s like, ‘Wow, it was all worth it.’”