A Wonderful Reminder…
A recent tour of the northwest United States included a performance at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. It was a typical day for our cast—unloading, setting up, visiting individual rooms and wards, and then presenting the show. The performance area, a dining room, was packed with wheelchairs as well as more ambulatory folks – even standing in the back!
It’s easy to get accustomed to those typical “reports” from the group.
Then we received this note:
“Your group happened to be performing at a Veteran’s Home. My dad was in his last hours on this earth and your wonderful people came in and sang at his bedside. It moved me so much. It was as if they were God’s Angels, welcoming him home. He passed away an hour following their performance. It is a memory I’ll treasure forever and never forget.” (name withheld for privacy)
Wow. Far from a typical day or typical report.
It was a marvelous reminder of the real impact that Re-Creation has on real people at a real level. Far too often we have heard that our young ambassadors can be the only people from the outside that veteran residents and patients see in those kinds of circumstances this family member so graciously shared.
HHV’s support…your support…continues that kind of impact and presence everywhere our young people entertain. And everywhere they visit.
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Following is Re-Creation’s schedule of upcoming VA and state veterans home performances. If you would like to attend a VA show, please contact either the Recreation Therapy or Voluntary Services department of your local facility for details. For nursing home performances ask for the Activities Department. Dates and times may change without notice.
|January 5, 2016||Port Charlotte, FL State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|January 6, 2016||Pembroke Pines, FL State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|January 7, 2016||Miami, FL VA Medical Center||1:00pm|
|January 8, 2016||West Palm Beach, FL VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|January 12, 2016||Tampa, FL VA Medical Center||7:00pm|
|January 13, 2016||Bay Pines, FL VA Medical Center||10:30am|
|January 14, 2016||Land O’ Lakes, FL State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|January 19, 2016||Daytona Beach, FL State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|January 20, 2016||Orlando, FL VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|February 1, 2016||Gainesville, FL VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|February 2, 2016||St. Augustine, FL State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|February 8, 2016||Montgomery, AL VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|February 9, 2016||Tuscaloosa, AL VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|February 10, 2016||Birmingham, AL VA Medical Center||10:30am|
|February 11, 2016||Huntsville, AL State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|February 12, 2016||Tuskegee, AL VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|February 13, 2016||Panama City, FL State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|February 15, 2016||Lake City, FL State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|February 16, 2016||Lake City, FL VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|March 1, 2016||Dublin, GA VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|March 2, 2016||Atlanta, GA VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|March 3, 2016||Augusta, GA VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|March 4, 2016||Durham, NC VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|March 16, 2016||Fayetteville, NC State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|March 17, 2016||Salisbury, NC State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|March 18, 2016||Salisbury, NC VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|March 21, 2016||Biloxi, MS VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|March 22, 2016||Collins, MS State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|March 23, 2016||Jackson, MS State Veterans Home||10:00am|
|March 23, 2016||Jackson, MS VA Medical Center||7:00pm|
|March 24, 2016||Kosciusko, MS State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|March 25, 2016||Oxford, MS State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|March 28, 2016||Humboldt, TN State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|March 29, 2016||Anna, IL State Veterans Home||2:00pm|
|March 30, 2016||Marion, IL VA Medical Center||2:00pm|
|March 31, 2016||Murfreesboro, TN VA Medical Center||2:00pm|