Volunteers spent the evening getting gifts ready for the families.
Tom Hayes with the Raytheon Veterans Network said, “Some of the families have about ten to eleven personnel in their family, seven children, which is a lot. Another family has four children, a single mother. Most of them are all disabled, and some of them are actually beyond that.”
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They’ve been donating Christmas gifts to families of disabled veterans for the past three years, and this Christmas is no different. Raytheon employees wrapped the presents and volunteers with DAV delivered the gifts tonight.
Andy Haq with Disabled American Veterans said, “When we go over there and take that little bit of toys to the families, they are overjoyed. I mean, the smiles and happiness on their face, I can hardly describe it.”
“We probably have gotten in at least $3,800 worth of donations and items,” said Hayes. “Everything from complete dinners for the holidays to coats for everyone, shoes for everyone, a computer for a family, about seven tablets for children in the family. It just keeps going on.”
They say giving back to local veterans is a small thing they can do to thank them for their service.
Hayes said, “I think at the core, basic human needs should be taken care of and if you can be in a situation where you can help others, you should do it.”
“I mean they are so injured they can’t even walk, so we have to take it to them. They do want to come over here in person and thank Raytheon, but they just can’t,” said Haq.
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