BATH – Recently, 13 members of Corning Incorporated's C-VETS (Corning Veterans Engaged to Support) held its annual Christmas visit at the Bath VA Medical Center.
The Corning employees delivered 65 Christmas stockings they prepared filled with items such as winter gloves, socks, and deodorant to residents at the center’s nursing home on Dec. 2.
In addition, the employees previously donated 25 bedding sets to the facility’s Jump Start program, which helps recovering drug addicts live independently after treatment there.
C-VETS, which was created in 2014, has 300 members and raised money for the gifts with a bowling fundraiser in May.
The hospitalized veterans are always thankful for the gifts, but their favorite part of the visit is the time spent meeting with the C-VETS members, said Dawn Smith, the new commander of C-VETS and an Air Force veteran.
“Many of the residents were happy to talk with us and tell us about their military service and their lives,” Smith said. “The residents and staff members have become more familiar with us and recognize us from our previous visits, so we are starting to build some strong connections there.”
C-VETS will also participate in National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 17 at the Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira.