Palestine VA Clinic Nurse Manager Patty Beckendorf said when they asked some of the veterans what they would like for Christmas, it was usually something simple.
“It was socks or sweatpants — not huge gifts that no one could afford,” Beckendorf said. “In many cases, they are just lonely.”
When picking out an angel at the library, the person can ask to see what that particular veteran, for example, is in need of the most, whether it be clothes or some other special request.
“For our employees at the VA Clinic, this has been a great team-building exercise,” Beckendorf said. “We are really happy to be taking part in this for the veterans.”
Librarian Rachel Menjivar said library patrons have been taking the angels' names since reading the library column that mentioned in the Herald-Press on Wednesday, but there are still plenty left on the tree.
“One lady found out the tree was for veterans and took five names instead of one. One elderly couple said they don't buy Christmas presents for each other, so they took two families,” Menjivar said. “Lot of big-hearted patrons.”