AURORA - Clothing, caramel corn, classical music and blankets were among the gifts that 15 student veterans from the University of Colorado Denver Veteran Student Organization gave to residents at the Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzimons on Dec. 18.
This is the second year that university veterans have participated in the Adopt a Veteran Gift Campaign, which is part of the university's Giving Back Holiday Campaign. The veterans delivered personalized gifts to 25 residents of the Constitution Wing of the Veteran's Home, which is on the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Cameron Cook, Veteran Student Services Manager, said the Adopt a Veteran effort is a way to give back to those veterans who came before the current generation of servicemen and women.
"We think it is important to bridge the gap between the older and younger veterans, to show that we are still all on the same team," Cook said. "Nothing is more fulfilling than giving back to those who gave so much. It is one of my favorite events that my office and the Veteran Student Organization does each year."
Faculty and staff, as well as students and alumni, from the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus have fanned out across the community for the second year in the Giving Back Campaign. They are given a a half day of work time, about four hours, to go into the community and participate in a volunteer activity of their choice.
The veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam at the Colorado State Veterans Home are glad the university veterans again chose them for both the Giving Back and Adopt a Veteran campaigns.
"Thank you for sharing the Christmas spirit," Martha Wilson, recreation therapy assistant at the Veteran's Home, said in a thank-you note. "So many here were so grateful knowing your group had picked/adopted all of the residents on the unit. We thank all of the members for their time and picking such nice individual gifts for the residents. Merry Christmas."
(Photo: Members of the University of Colorado Denver Veteran Student Organization deliver gifts to the Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzimons on Dec. 18. Personalized gifts were given to 25 residents of the Constitution Wing, including three in wheelchairs pictured here, as part of the university's Giving Back Holiday Campaign.)