Girl Scouts visit Hawley Veterans Center with gifts and song

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Girl Scout Brownies and Daisies spread a lot of holiday cheer at Volunteers of America Southwest’s Hawley Veteran Center in El Cajon on Saturday. With a bit of song, some donuts and handmade gift bags full of goodies, these young girls came to show their respect an appreciation for our local veterans.

Girl Scout Brownies and Daisies spread a lot of holiday cheer at Volunteers of America Southwest’s Hawley Veteran Center in El Cajon on Saturday. With a bit of song, some donuts and handmade gift bags full of goodies, these young girls came to show their respect an appreciation for our local veterans.

With young Girl Scouts from Brownie Troop 3900 and Daises Troop 4468, some thankful veterans received them warmly and let them know that they were welcomed and appreciated for taking the time to come all the way out to the Hawley Center, and bringing such heartfelt gifts.

Putting on a small show for the veterans in the transitional center, they began with a collection of songs, singing “Proud to be an American,” “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.” They then did an encore performance, teaching the veterans one of their Girl Scout songs. Singing was adorable and the message clear, learning and showing respect for those that have served the country through military service and helping those in need.

Afterwards, they passed out donuts and presented each veteran hand decorated gift bags full of socks, puzzles, books and some personal necessities.

Part of Volunteers of America Southwest, the Hawley Veterans Services Center is a transitional housing program for male veterans who are homeless with disabilities. With a 20-bed capacity the program works to educate both personally and professionally with personal case management, job skills, medical care and anything that it can do to transition them to self reliance.

Hawley’s has come a long way since its humble beginnings and much has been done to make the facilities a home. Through a lot of community effort it secured transportation that takes veterans back and forth to the Veterans Administration for health and benefit needs, gained the computer room that it needed so veterans can look for jobs, update resumes and become computer literate. But there are still many needs for these veterans. They are always in need of casual and back to work clothing and in speaking with one of the counselors, at this time they are looking for a golf cart that can transport veterans back and forth to the nearest bus stop, which is “quite the walk” and takes time away from their daily activities and goals.

To learn more about the Hawley Veterans Service Center visit www.voasw.org/housing.

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