Friendship Force of B.R. holds annual 'Christmas in July'

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Shown are, from left, front row: Sandy LeJeune, Brenda Miranda, Brenda Clark, Maryann Krupsky and Karen Denby and back row: Charles LeJeune, Brian Miranda, Chuck Bark, John Krupsky and David Stockinger. (Clark and Bark are from Prairieville.) 
Photos by Thornton Cofield.

The Friendship Force of Baton Rouge held its annual “Christmas in July” event for the war veterans at the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson, on July 18. Les Dancers de la Capitale de Baton Rouge provided entertainment. At the end of their presentation, they played “Salute to the Military” and asked each veteran to stand or raise their hands when their song was played. The program ended with everyone holding hands and singing “God Bless America.” Refreshments were served, including a cake decorated in red, white and blue with a flag and the words “Thanks for Your Service” written on it. The veterans received “Christmas” bags as well as bananas, boxes of Girls Scout Cookies and drinks to take back to their rooms.

Donations for the Christmas bags and refreshment were donated by Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter #1, Louisiana Lottery, Mary Bird Perkins, Denham Springs Walmart, Cortana Walmart, Walmart Neighborhood Store on Old Hammond Highway, Sam’s Club at Cortana Mall, Sam’s Club in Denham Springs, River Road Coffee and an ExxonMobil Team Grant (Charles and Frances Bennett, Keith Corkern and Howard and Jean Merrill).

Frances Bennett chaired the event and was assisted by other members of Friendship Force. Sharon Williams and Shawana Turner from the War Veterans Home helped in setting up for the event.