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Kanawha Valley DAR to honor military with display at Town Center

Feb. 07, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

The Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution invites the public to join them at the 7th annual Project Patriot display honoring active and retired military from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Charleston Town Center Mall.

Children and adults visiting the display can make or sign valentines for veterans or sign a large banner with notes of appreciation. The banner will be taken to the WV Veterans Home in Barboursville and hung on the wall of the dining room, and all residents will receive Valentines. Valentines will also be given to veterans living in nursing homes.

From Jan. 1, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014, members of the Kanawha Valley Chapter donated clothing, furniture, backpacks, food, personal items, and comfort items to the Barbourville Veterans Home, the Veterans Resource Center in Huntington and the Homeless Veterans Home in Charleston valued at approximately $125,000.

The Kanawha Valley Chapter also sent a check for $2,500 to NSDAR Project Patriot Fund this year. Project Patriot supports projects for women in the military; the Chaplains Closet at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany; the Warrior Transitional Brigade at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.; Wounded Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio; and the Mobilization Training Center at Camp Atterbury, Ind.,and provides phone cards to Chaplains in Afghanistan. Members also mailed several boxes of requested items to these facilities and to deployed military in Afghanistan.

This year, the Kanawha Valley Chapter is teaming up with the West Virginia State Society DAR and other nonprofit groups to give a little independence to some of the roughly 1,700 recent war veterans who have lost multiple limbs by purchasing all-terrain wheelchairs.

To date, the Kanawha Valley Chapter has raised $1,000 for the project. Donations for the All-terrain Wheelchair project will be accepted at the chapter display at the Town Center on Feb. 8 or send a check payable to the Kanawha Valley Chapter All-terrain Project to Susan Graves, Treasurer KV Chapter, 2102 21st Street, Nitro, WV 25143.

For more information, contact Chapter Regent April Gardner at 304-993-7777 or A_L_Gardner@yahoo.com.

Donations of all sizes of new T-shirts, underwear and socks for the residents of the WV Veterans Home in Barboursville will also be accepted at the Kanawha Valley Chapter's "Give Your Hearts to Our Military" display near Starbucks on the lower level of the Town Center.

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