Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013 4:30 am
Vanessa Lynch | Herald staff writer
NOLANVILLE — Keeping true to their motto of “Veterans Helping Veterans,” members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association passed out 160 Christmas bags on Sunday to veterans living at the William R. Courtney Veterans Home in Temple.
“Some of them cried,” said Diane “Sauce” Trujillo, with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. “Seeing how happy they were to see us almost made me cry.”
To guarantee the veterans received Christmas cheer this year, the group held its second annual Vets for Vets Memorial Run at Kay’s Motorcycle Mania on Sept. 8 to raise the money to purchase items requested by the veterans.
The fundraiser enabled them to purchase a DVD player and two 60” flat-screen LED Smart TVs, to be placed in the movie and dining rooms.
“We adopted the veterans home because some of them don’t have family that comes to visit them and they don’t have anyone to celebrate the holidays with,” she said. “This is our way of thanking them for their service.”
Children of the CVMA also got in the holiday spirit and decorated the cloth bags that were delivered Sunday. The bags were filled with socks, sweatshirts, toiletry items and lap blankets for the women.
The home is a 160-bed facility licensed and certified to provide skilled nursing and domiciliary care to aged and infirm Texas war veterans.
In addition to state and federal funding, the home relies upon veteran’s service organizations, civic and church groups for sponsorship of numerous activities and programs for the general well-being of the veteran patients at the home.