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Holiday Cards for Veterans -#cardsforvets

In a year filled with challenge and heartache the Mr. Local History brought a little holiday cheer by presenting their #cardsforvets, a program that connected the community with local veterans. Cards for Veterans were presented at the Lyons VA on Monday to spread a little cheer in a difficult time.

The Valley Brook Village is a relativey new facility at the Lyons VA that works helping homeless vets get on their feet, get medical treatment and vocational training.

It seems like a lifetime ago but it was only a year ago when children and their parents gathered at the Washington House in Basking Ridge and wrote out holiday cards for our veterans. Those cards were finally delivered this week to the residents at the on the grounds of the Lyons VA.

2019 – Local residents and their children met before the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Washington House in Basking Ridge to color cards for vets.

“It seems like ‘forever-ago’ when kids gathered to color cards for our veterans at the annual christmas tree lighting in 2019,” says Brooks Betz, Trustee at the Mr. Local History Project. “Given the global events, holding onto the cards to this year turned out to be a blessing in disguise.”

Parents and friends gathered at the 2019 #cardsforvets coloring effort to fill out holiday cards for vets at the Lyons VA facility. The Washington House provided hot chocolate and their facility for the event (Thank you WH!)

The holiday card showcases the annual Christmas eve sing at the Basking Ridge town green, held every year the night before Christmas. The image was drawn by Liberty Corner’s Linda Arnold. The cards and posters were donated by the Mr. Local History Project, a non-profit dedicated to preserving and promoting local history with a social twist in the area.

Representing the VA donation was Matthew Lanese, property manager at the Valley Brook Veterans Facility at the Lyons VA.

Enjoy Some of the Donated Cards

Join the Mr. Local History Project and their Santa helpers for free card coloring and hot chocolate at the Washington House on Dec. 7th from 3-5pm on the heated patio.
An iconic tradition in Basking Ridge on Christmas Eve. Here is one of the cards colored by local residents that were given to the vets over at the Lyons VA.

Support #cardsforvets with You Own Pack of Cards

Click here to order your limited edition Night before Christmas Cards. Available in our gift shop while supplies last.
Click here to order your limited edition Night before Christmas Cards. Card sales go towards funding the Mr Local History #cardsforvets program. We now have both a Basking Ridge and a Bernardsville version. The greeting cards are blank inside for personalizing.
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