Bonham Veterans Home’s Angels

Bonham Veterans Home’s Angels

Bonham Veterans Home Donations Chair John Allen and Caren Cohen, Quilting Angels member, hold two unique fidget quilts.

Residents at Bonham Veterans Home are incredibly grateful for a group of sixty Quilting Angels from Frisco Lakes. These Angels donate quilts and fidget quilts yearly to the home.

Many in the group are spouses of veterans or veterans themselves who appreciate those who have served our great country. Quilting and sewing things for veterans and others is their way of thanking those who have sacrificed to keep it safe. This year, twenty quilts and sixteen fidget quilts were donated to Bonham veterans.

Since 2017, the Quilting Angels have donated 208 quilts and 68 fidget quilts to the veterans,  Fidget quilts are sensory mats held in laps that have numerous items sewn on top that give veterans with Alzheimer’s or dementia in the memory care unit a sense of calmness when agitated. When the pandemic hit in 2020, the Angels also began sewing masks. To date, more than 8,500 masks have been donated to veterans, hospitals, medical and cancer centers, and to police and fire first responders.

The group of day quilters is led by Lori Kestila, while Maureen Schmiedel leads the smaller group of fidget quilters. To learn more, visit https://facebook.com/quiltingangels.fidgetquilts or contact Maureen at fidgetquilt@gmail.com.

The Lord bestows blessings on those who help the needy, and these Quilting Angels deserve many.

Wreath Donation Deadline Fast Approaching

Wreath Donation Deadline Fast Approaching

It is the time of year for donating wreaths for the Dallas – Ft. Worth National Cemetery. The deadline for donations is December 1. Currently, 48,500 wreaths are needed to ensure no veteran is left behind.

Go to www.honordfw.com to donate. For every two wreaths donated at this site, a third will be received free. If you would prefer to donate by check, make it payable to Wreaths Across America and mail to 1672 Angel Falls Dr., Frisco, TX 75036.

This year’s ceremony will be on December 18, 2021, at 10:50 A.M. If attending, please arrive by 10 A.M. to allow time for traffic and parking.

If you are unable to attend and would like a wreath laid on a loved one’s grave, please forward the name of the veteran, section, and site number to the address above and a volunteer will lay the wreath.

Carpooling from the Walmart parking lot at FM 423 & Stonebrook will occur on the following dates:
– Truck unloading – December 17th 8:00 A.M.
– Ceremony & placement – December 18th 9:00 A.M.
– Removal – January 15, 2022 7:30 A.M.

Frisco Legion Distributes Over 700 Masks to Residents

Frisco Legion Distributes Over 700 Masks to Residents

Frisco American Legion distributes over 700 masks to Frisco area residents, physical therapy clinic patients, and two Non-Profits

This past week the Frisco American Legion, Peter J, Courcy, Post 178 partnered with local businesses Classique Jewelers, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More, and EventHaus and distributed over 700 reusable cloth masks to local residents, local physical therapy clinics (to distribute to their patients in need), and two local Non-Profits, Frisco Family Services, and Frisco Fastpacs. The Legion 2nd Vice Commander, Rob Altman II, stated, “This particular service project was quite fun —we are truly blessed to live in a community, like Frisco, where the passion for service to others is so strong.”

Frisco Community Mask Distribution 2020

Members of the American Legion, Peter J. Courcy, Post 178, distribute masks outside of Classique Jewelers.

Frisco Family Services Mask Distribution

2nd Vice Commander, Thor Anderson, delivers masks to Frisco Family Services.

Frisco Fastpacks Mask Distribution

2nd Vice Commander, Thor Anderson, delivers masks to Frisco Fastpacks

Governor Abbott Announces Federal Grant for Senior Citizen Meals

Governor Abbott Announces Federal Grant for Senior Citizen Meals

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas has received a $16.2 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults.

The grant was part of a $250 million dollar outlay authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. Originally created by the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965, these programs provide meals to more than 2.4 million older adults nationwide each year, both through home delivery and in places like community centers.

“This grant is especially timely given the disproportionately high toll that COVID-19 has been taking on seniors around the world,” said Governor Abbott. “As social distancing measures increasingly and appropriately limit people’s social mobility, it is imperative that alternate means for feeding our state’s elderly like Meals on Wheels receive additional resources to handle the growing need.”

Texas will receive its proportional grant, $16,205,796, second only to California ($25 million) and Florida ($18 million) this week for further distribution to local meal providers.

Older adults who need assistance can contact the Eldercare Locator to find services available in their community. The Eldercare Locator can be reached at 1-800-677-1116 or https://eldercare.acl.gov/.

For more information about the Texas response to COVID-19, please visit https://texas.gov/#covid19/.

For more information about the Older Americans Act nutrition programs, please visit https://ACL.gov.

Original article here.

Recognition our Veterans Deserve – Badges of Honor

Collin County is honored to be called home by nearly 40,000 of our nation’s valiant veterans. As a Marine, ensuring my fellow servicemen and women receive the recognition they deserve for their sacrifice to our nation is incredibly important.

That’s why I’m excited to help local veterans obtain the military medals they earned in service to our country. On April 12, 2019 my office will host a Badges of Honor event to assist veterans and their families in beginning the military medal request process. Paperwork required by each military branch can be daunting, however my staff will be available to help TX-03 veterans and their loved ones complete the necessary forms.

The event will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019 at my Collin County Office located at 5600 Tennyson Blvd, Suite 275, Plano, TX 75024 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

If you are interested in requesting your military medals or decorations, or those of a loved one, please RSVP online or call my Collin County office at (972) 202-4150.

It is an honor and privilege to serve you in the United States House of Representatives.

Semper Fidelis,

Van Taylor
Member of Congress

Wounded North Texas Marine Gets Donated Vehicle

Post 178 Color Guard presented the Colors for a ceremony where a SUV was presented to Cpl. Michael Fox, a wounded Texas Marine.

Wounded Marine with Post 178 Golor Guard

A North Texas Marine has a new vehicle, thanks to a donated car and donated time. Cpl. Michael Fox was wounded in Afghanistan in 2011, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device and lost both his legs. On Thursday, Fox got a donated and adapted 2014 Nissan Pathfinder through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program. Fox was nominated by Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit that builds and donates specially adapted vehicles to veterans.

“It’s incredibly humbling and I’m so grateful to all of you,” said Fox after his new ride was unveiled. “I can’t thank you enough.”

The SUV was donated by GEICO, and workers at Caliber Collision in Little Elm donated 200 hours to adapt it for Fox’s special needs. “I put myself in this guy’s shoes,” said auto painter Jesus Hernandez, whose brother is a Marine. “I would want somebody to reach out to me, help me out, make my life a little bit easier.”

“Right now I’m using portable hand controls on my wife’s vehicle, and this one has permanent hand controls,” explained Fox. “So it’s going to be a lot safer.”

The donated vehicle came with a bonus; a back seat full of toys for Fox’s 9-month old son, Grant.

“Our son was actually born on his ‘alive day’,” said Erica Fox. “All these little milestones, everything just comes together, and it’s just been a really long, but rewarding road.”

NBC5 was there to report the story, which you can watch here.