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Spreading Christmas cheer

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 8:00 am

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The Clarksville Memorial VFW Post No. 4610, along with the Auxiliary and youth group, have been busy spreading Christmas cheer.

They started by sending three care packages to Daryl Starks in South Korea. They also presented all of the residents in the Jamison and Swetman Apartments with No-Sew T-Shirt bags filled with useful items. The empty T-Shirts bags were given to the post by The Bethel AME Church Paynesville Missionary Society.

They also visited the Maple Grove Nursing Home in Louisiana, where they sang Christmas carols to the Veterans and presented them with a Christmas Card and a bag of goodies.

They placed wreaths in the Greenwood Cemetery in each section, spreading them all through the cemetery, with a large wreath placed at the entrance.

They also traveled to Elsberry, where they again sang Christmas carols to the Veterans and presented them with a bag of goodies.

President Mary Tarpein placed a wreath in Eolia for Hurley Conway, who was a charter member of the Post.

She then delivered cards and bags of goodies at Lynn’s Heritage House, in Louisiana.

The Post, Auxiliary, and youth group feel great about giving different things to people during this Christmas season, because Jesus is the reason for the season.

Members traveling in the group were as follows: Commander and Mrs. Herbert Everett, Robert LaForte, President Mary Tarpein and granddaughter Addison Schreder, Lori, Danielle, and Derek Illy, Amy, Grace, and John Cook, and Joanne Hammuck. Mary Ann Schreder was also at the Maple Grove Home with the group.

-photo by Taylor Lockard/Louisiana Press-Journal
Pictured in the back row, from left: Amy Cooke, John Cooke, Joanne Hammuck, Herbert Everett, Carolyn Everett, and Robert LaForte. Second row, from left: Lori Illy, Danielle Illy, and Mary Tarpein. Front row, from left: Derek Illy, Addison Schreder, Grace Cooke, and Alisa Harry.