The men of First United Methodist Church in Maumelle are asking everyone to help get Christmas gifts to the “forgotten vets” at Fort Roots Veterans Administration Hospital in North Little Rock.
Several hundred vets will be surprised with gifts this year, including a visit from Santa. The hospital is a treatment center for neuropsychiatric disorders.
The deadline for donations is Dec. 12 can be merchandise or financial aid.
“Items needed for the gift bags include lap blankets, pajamas, warm ups, socks, underwear, candy and snacks and all the items should be new. Each gift bag will also include a hand-written note thanking the vets for their service and the sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Luke Conway, a pastor at First United Methodist Church in Maumelle.
Cash donations are accepted and may be mailed to the church or dropped off at Arvest Bank, Bank of the Ozarks, First Security Bank or U.S. Bank in Maumelle.
“We ask that the donations be a minimum of $35, which allows us to buy a vet a complete gift bag,” Conway said.
Drop boxes for the items are located at Bass Pro Shop in Little Rock and in Maumelle at the Greens Apartments, The Links Apartments, The Maumelle Community Center, the Senior Wellness Center, Maumelle City Hall, IHOP Restaurant, Dr. Kyle Skinner’s office, Kroger and U.S. Pizza.
Checks should be made out to “Methodist Men Adopt-a-VET” and taken to one of the bank locations or mailed to First United Methodist Church of Maumelle, P.O. Box 13984, Maumelle, AR 72113. The deadline to receive items or checks is December 12. For more information, contact the church office, 501-851-2377.