IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

2020 Christmas Gift Shops and Christmas Parties

Update

Ft. Meade Gift Shop (Joanann Goeringer)

Sunday, November 15 – 10:00 am 

We will be starting at the chapel instead of the hospital, filling and wrapping gifts to ship. We will do a potluck each day we are there.  If anyone has a table and maybe a small heater if you get cold, the chapel does not have heat. Please bring them.  We are not sure how many days it will take.

Ft. Meade Christmas Party – (Piedmont Unit 311) – yet to be determined

There will not be an in-house party this year. Members will be gathering together to put together gift bags to be distributed.

Hot Springs State Home Gift Shop (Diane Simunek)

Saturday, November 14 – 12:00 pm (Mountain Time)

We will be meeting at the Hot Springs Post Home at 12:00 pm. We will be wrapping gifts and doing Christmas cards. 

Hot Springs State Home Christmas Party (Kim Geer and Mary Jo Stier)

There will not be an in-house Christmas Party at the State Home this year. Instead, we will be assembling gift bags for the residents on Saturday, November 14. We will get together at the Hot Springs Post Home on Saturday afternoon around 4:00 pm to assemble the bags and to write Christmas cards. 

Hot Springs VA Hospital Gift Shop (Susie Clyde)

The gift shop is set as scheduled. However, it will be a little different. We are allowed to only have two people help the veterans shop at any given time. After the veterans are all done shopping, we will have up to seven people come in and wrap the gifts to be mailed. 

Hot Springs VA Hospital Christmas Party (Terry Curry) – yet to be determined

Sioux Falls VA Hospital Gift Shop – (Julie Weinmann)

The VA will have a VA employee going to the Veterans and getting the gift requests.  They will then bring the list back to us and we will pick out the items and then wrap them and the VA employee will deliver the gifts to the Veterans room or we will mail them out.  The VA wants us to give to the Veteran plus 1 other gift.  The second gift will probably be mailed out.  We might be able to sneak in more than one other gift.  I will need only a few volunteers for this gift shop on Monday and Tuesday and would like them to stay the whole day.

Sioux Falls VA Christmas Party – (Kathy Geraets) - yet to be determined

 

Human Service Center Gift Shop - (Mary Jo Stier)

The Human Service Center staff will be having the veterans fill in a Christmas wish form and will send them to me the day before Thanksgiving. We will then need to go shopping for the gifts and line up a day to wrap. If you would like to help, please reach out to Mary Jo.

 

Human Service Center Christmas Party - (Mary Jo Stier)

The Christmas Party will be a catered meal on December 17. The Human Service Center Staff will be serving the meal for us. 

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 VA FACILITY REPRESENTATIVES

2019-2021

Click for listing of 2019-2021 Hospital Representatives

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Gift Shop - Gift Donation Facility Chair & Address:   

                                                                             
Ft. Meade VA Medical Center:
Attn: Joanann Goeringer (ALA GIFT SHOP)
113 Comanche Road, Fort Meade, SD 57741


Hot Springs VA Medical Center:                                                                                                                             
c/o Voluntary Services
Attn: Susie Clyde (ALA GIFT SHOP)
500 N. 5TH Street, Hot Springs, SD 57747


Sioux Falls VA Medical Center:
Attn: Julie Weinmann (ALA GIFT SHOP)
2501 W. 22ND Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105


Hot Springs State Veterans Home:
Attn: Diane Simunek, (ALA GIFT SHOP)
2500 Minnekahta Avenue, Hot Springs, SD 57747


Human Services Center:
Attn: Cheryl Hovorka
816 Park Street, Yankton, SD 57078

GIFT SHOP MONETARY INSTRUCTIONSAll monetary donations are to be mailed directly to Department Headquarters for showers, gift shops and Christmas Parties. Note on the check the facility and the program the money is for. Packages are sent directly to the facility with a packing slip, including unit #, address and dollar value.

2019 Christmas Party Chairs:

               Ft. Meade VA Medical Center:          Unit 311, Piedmont -  Unit Presient Jean Howe

               Hot Springs VA Medical Center:       Unit 22, Rapid City - Unit President Terry Curry

               Sioux Falls VA Medical Center:        Kathy Geraets

               Human Services Center:                   Cheryl Hovorka

               Hot Springs State Veterans Home:   Unit 303, Hermosa - Unit President Melissa Wombaker

CHRISTMAS PARTY MONETARY INSTRUCTIONS: All monetary donations are to be mailed directly to Department Headquarters for showers, gift shops and Christmas Parties. Note on the check the facility and the program the money is for. Packages are sent directly to the facility with a packing slip, including unit #, address and dollar value.

 Personal Care Items Facility Address:

Ft. Meade VA Medical Center:
Attn: Marcella Root, ALA Hospital Rep.
113 Comanche Road, Fort Meade, SD 57741

 Hot Springs VA Medical Center:                                                                                                                         c/o Voluntary Services
Attn: Nancy Keith, ALA HSVA Rep.
500 N. 5TH Street, Hot Springs, SD 57747


Sioux Falls VA Medical Center:
Attn: Kristen Hendriekson, Voluntary Services #135
2501 W. 22ND Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105


Hot Springs State Veterans Home:
Attn: Barbara Walter, ALA SHOWERS
2500 Minnekahta Avenue, Hot Springs, SD 57747
Mark all boxes – ALA Showers

SHOWER MONETARY INSTRUCTIONS: All monetary donations are to be mailed directly to Department Headquarters for showers, gift shops and Christmas Parties. Note on the check the facility and the program the money is for. Packages are sent directly to the facility with a packing slip, including unit #, address and dollar value.

What Facility Does My Unit Support?


Ft. Meade VA Medical Center: ALL of District 1 & 4

Hot Springs VA Medical Center: ALL of District 2; District 5Big Stone City, Britton, Grenville, Langford, Milbank, New Effington, Pierpont, Revillo, Rosholt, Roslyn, Sisseton, Strandburg, Veblen, Waubay, Wilmont; District 8 – Armour, Avon, Corsica, Delmont, Geddes, Lake Andes, Menno, Parkston, Platte, Wagner, Tripp


Sioux Falls VA Medical Center: ALL of District 7; District 5
Astoria, Aurora, Bradley, Brookings, Bruce, Bryant, Carpenter, Castlewood, Clark, Clear Lake, Elkton, Estelline, Garden City, Gary, Raymond, Sinai, Toronto, Volga, Watertown, Webster, White, Willow Lake; District 8 – Centerville, Chancellor, Davis, Hurley, Irene, Marion, Wakonda


Hot Springs State Veterans Home: ALL of District 3 & 6


Human Service Center: District 8 –
Gayville, Springfield, Tabor,Tyndall, Vermillion, Yankton

 

 VA Medical Centers & State Veterans Home Personal Care Items

(items needed by facility)

Ft. Meade:

Sept. / Oct:  Tube & Crew socks, combs, deodorant, lotion                                                                                 Nov: Tootpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, denture cream                                                                                   Dec: Cash donations, $5 per veteran for as many as you care to serve, due to Dept. Headquarters by                  Dec. 1st                                                                                                                                                                       Jan-March: Cash donations for these months, due by April 1st, send to Dept. Headquarters                         April: Quarters - .25 cents per member - send to Dept. Headquarters                                                               May: Cash donations, send to Dept. Headquarters

Hot Springs VA Center:

Sept./Oct.: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, deodorant, twin blade disposable razors, shampoo                          Nov.: Puzzle books, postage stamps, greeting cards, playing cards                                                                 Dec.: Cash donations, $5 per veteran for as many as you care to serve, due to Dept. Headquarters by                          Dec. 1st                                                                                                                                                            Jan-March: Cash donations for these months, due by April 1st, send to Dept. Headquarters                                  April:  Quarters, .25 cents per member - send to Dept. Headquarters                                                               May:  Cash donations, send to Dept. Headquarters

Hot Springs State Veterans Home:

Sept: Shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, foot powder, conditioner                                         Oct.: Playing cards (large print Poker & Pinochle), greeting cards, puzzle books, large print books,                            cash donations for field trips                                                                                                                        Nov.: Denture care products, Kleenex, dental floss                                                                                              Dec.: Cash donations, $5 per veteran for as many as you care to serve, due to Dept. Headquarters by                       Dec. 1st                                                                                                                                                      Jan-March: Cash donations for these months, due by April 1st, send to Dept. Headquarters                            April: Quarters, .25 cents per member - send to Dept. Headquarters                                                                  May: Cash donations, send to Dept. Headquarters

Sioux Falls VA:

Sept.: Shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, deodorant                                                                      Oct.: Denture cleaners, baby powder, twin blade disposable razors                                                             Nov.: Coffee, microwave popcorn (light and butter)                                                                                         Dec.: Cash donations, $5 per veteran for as many as you care to serve, due to Dept. Headquarters by                      Dec. 1st                                                                                                                                                       Jan-March: Cash donations for these months, due by April 1st, send to Dept. Headquarters                            April: Quarters, .25 cents per member - send to Dept. Headquarters                                                                  May: Cash donations, send to Dept. Headquarters