Fellowship among DAR members is always an enjoyable experience, and one of the ways the experience is enhanced is when we work together helping others. Whether a member has a little or a lot of time to volunteer, with such a wide variety of opportunities, she is certain to find something special that touches her heart.
Listed below are a few highlights of some of the many Blue Spruce Chapter projects:
• Cataloged and photographed a collection of early 1900s postcards and greeting cards for the Lakewood Heritage Center.
• To date have provided "Welcome Home Care Boxes" to more than 400 Veterans who have transitioned from homeless to having permanent housing.
• Participated in Lakewood Arbor Day celebrations with the donation of several Blue Spruce trees.
• Purchased books for 65 first graders at Lakewood's Lasley Elementary School, and read stories to the children.
• Provided new pajamas and books for the 17 resident children of the Father Ed Judy House, a shelter for homeless mothers and their children.
• Collected funds to send young teens to the Indian Youth of America Summer Camp.
• Organize a community Flag Day ceremony with the local Boy Scouts.
• Collected and distributed thousands of books to Denver's VA hospital.
• Sponsor an annual DAR Good Citizen contest with area high schools.
• Attend and assist with Naturalization Ceremonies throughout the year.
• Support DAR schools throughout the country for underserved and underprivileged children.
• Provided funding for Lakewood Heritage Center's Traveling Trunk Program.
• Provided formerly homeless Veterans with items to help them get established in their new residences, such as sheets, blankets, towels, toiletries, furniture, kitchen necessities, TVs, and American flags.
• Collected and distributed books, cash and clothing to the VA Hospital in Denver.
• Sponsored the purchase of furniture for the Estes Motel exhibit at Lakewood's Heritage Center.
• Promoted and supported the Rocky Mountain Honor Flight program, to help WWII veterans visit their memorial in Washington, D.C., at no cost to them.
• Sent care packages to wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Facility in Germany.
• Worked with Marine Moms to provide dozens of Christmas stockings to servicemen and women around the globe.
• During Constitution Week, our chapter has found numerous ways to promote the Constitution to the public, via displays at a local library, as well as through a short PDF presentation made available to local schools.
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