Veterans-Admin-logoVeterans from western Iowa who are being treated at the VA Medical Center in Omaha are being offered the chance to spread some holiday cheer, even if they can’t afford to buy presents.

VA spokesman Will Ackerman says volunteers from the American Legion Auxiliary have opened a special type of gift shop in the hospital that’s just for patients.

Ackerman says, “Veterans who are either in-patients at the Omaha VA Medical Center or who are going through dialysis treatment or at our recovery center, they are allowed to select a certain number of free gifts for their loved ones.”

The auxiliary volunteers take considerable time to buy and wrap the gifts using donations, he says, all in order to help the veterans share the spirit of the season with others. “They also have a mobile cart to take a good selection of gifts to patients in their rooms and who can’t get down to the gift shop on the third floor so they can also select a gift or two,” Ackerman says.

There’s no charge to the veterans for the gifts.