The room where we caroled at the V. A. Hospital in Tuscaloosa.
One of my favorite parts of the season is going to carol for our local veterans at the Veteran's Hospital. This year, the number of singers was much smaller because we did it on Christmas Eve- a difficult date for many to free on their schedule. However, the VA administrators made a compelling case for caroling on Christmas Eve- those veterans who are there will be all alone and no one really comes to visit on that day, so it would mean the world to them.
The kids colored the page below and adding their name (or portrait signatures) with small notes in the margins and the folded it as a card. We know that the staff will hang these in the rooms of the vets for a little of that human touch.
Our program included several carols, piano solo performances, a Christmas poem reading, and a little bell-shaking by Milla. One of the best parts, however, was going around and thanking each veteran afterwards.
I learned about what it was like to serve in World War II in the Air Force from this kind couple (not romantically involved). At a time when women were not officially acknowledged as veterans, she was piloting planes. I learned about God's continuing blessings from a mute young man who suffered a traumatic brain injury due to an IED in Afghanistan. He is confined to a wheelchair but even without a voice, I read his lips as he told me and Max about the way in which God blesses his life every day.