ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Heartland Hospice has partnered with the Christmas for Veterans program to ensure stateline veterans are remembered at Christmastime.
The Christmas for Veterans program is run by the Vietnam2Now project in Rockford, which takes in donations of cookies, blankets and socks, which are delivered as care packages to more than 1,000 local veterans in nursing homes across Northern Illinois.
“We spend time with them after talking with them and it makes their whole day,” said Pastor Robert Theroux. “And it’s just great to hear the veterans and their stories. They love when we come because they have no visitors. Some of them have no visitors at all.”
Christmas for Veterans started in 2001.
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