January’s Jingo Night Not Just a Trivial Matter for FOSH Volunteers

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We were thrilled to welcome six first-time volunteers at Jingo Night in January. This is always one of our favorite monthly volunteer events through Friends of the Soldiers Home because we get to work one-on-one with elderly veterans who have served our nation so well. The event is kid friendly, which is a wonderful way for young ones to rack up those much-needed volunteer hours for school. Lots of people wonder, “What is Jingo?” When they show up, they realize that Jingo is like bingo, but with a trivia question added. Fun! The next opportunity is Thursday evening, Feb. 14. Hmm, I sense a Valentine’s Day theme will be coming for that game! Join us by dropping a line to Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

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FOSH Rolls Into 2019 By Bowling With Elderly Veterans

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It is always a pleasure when Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers meet up with the wonderful Armed Forces Retirement Home veterans at the bowling lanes. Our latest get together on a cold Tuesday evening in January was like many of our other ventures at the lanes. We are happy that we get to help residents use their wonderful bowling facility. We have fun rolling a few balls ourselves. And when the evening is over, we are always glad we came!

Join us for the next Bowling Night on Tuesday, Feb. 19 (the day after President’s Day) by expressing your interest with an email to our volunteer coordinator, Lori Lincoln, at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

FOSH Once Again Rings In The New Year With a Trivia Contest

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For the fourth January in a row, Friends of the Soldiers Home kicked off its volunteer year with an event called “Trivia Night With Zach Hartman.” As usual residents and volunteers divided into teams and competitively tried to answer questions correctly from FOSH volunteer and board member Zach. The action on this Jan. 3 night ended in a tie between one team called Old Geezers and another one called The Rebels. The tie-breaker question? Which year did the White House burn. Geezers correctly answered and won the game! If you know the answer, then consider yourself a trivia master — and someone who might want to join us for a future Soldiers Home “Trivia Night.”

FOSH’s Volunteer Year of 2018 Ends With Sounds of Falling Pins

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Just before 2018 ended we snuck in one more fun event with Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC residents. Every year Geico sponsors a bowling challenge for the AFRH residents by providing food and prizes for the occasion. This year, the winning scores only differed by a few pins (107, 106, 103 and 101)! Next year we look forward to an expanded tournament for both the residents and FOSH volunteers.

FOSH Helps Residents View Holiday Lights — And Entertains Them

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Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers were on hand to escort Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC residents outside onto the third floor terrace at the Scott Building so that the veterans could view a beautiful Winter Wonderland light display. The scheduled entertainment couldn’t come, but luckily FOSH had some adorable munchkins on board to fill the need! Cub Scout Den #1946 (four 2nd graders who attend the National Presbyterian School) arrived with siblings, parents and their Den Leader in tow – 13 deep! We also had three students from Washington Latin PCS and some of our more regular stalwart volunteers. Their manners and smiles immediately commanded attention, and were all the reason that anyone needed to be filled with hope and holiday cheer! During Winter Wonderland, residents and volunteers took a quick stroll around the 3rd floor terrace, viewing the whimsical lighted holiday decorations and the cityscape below. Back inside, everyone enjoyed singing, socializing, snacks and drinks.

FOSH’s 2018 volunteer year ended Dec. 18 with Bowling. We hope to spend many more hours with you next year bringing together our veterans at the Armed Forces Retirement Home with the surrounding community. That will begin with Saloon Night on Wednesday, Jan. 2nd from 6-8 pm. If you want to come, drop a line to Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

FOSH Assists Holiday Wreath Event at Historic Cemetery Near Home

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Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC residents attended the Wreaths Across America event at the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery just across the street from the Home. Friends of the Soldiers Home Vice President Liz Cocke worked to ensure the AFRH public affairs staff were in touch with the WAA volunteer coordinator to organize the event. Liz also attended and joined the residents who were on hand to remember those who served. Join her – and all the volunteers – on Saturday, Jan. 19, starting at 9 a.m. to help clean up the wreaths!

Annual Holiday Card Event at Soldiers Home Spreads Cheer

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Thanks so much to a group of beautiful youngsters from the community surrounding the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC who delivered home-made holiday cards to some very deserving veterans. The group brought the cards with plenty of smiles and energy — and sang holiday tunes to every resident they could find! It was such a wonderful day for what over the years has become a fantastic annual event. Thanks so much to Sarah Gabriel and others who worked so hard once again to create and deliver these cards!

Holiday Tree Lighting Co-Sponsored by FOSH Brings Seasonal Joys

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The annual Holiday Tree Lighting co-sponsored by FOSH was a beautiful evening Dec. 4 as the community bonded with residents in a warm celebration. A Soldiers Home resident choir sang holiday favorites as Santa and Mrs. Claus looked on. FOSH is grateful that champion whistler Chris Ullman serenaded a thankful audience with holiday classics and some great stories. FOSH also is thrilled that the Georgetown Phantoms singing group delivered holiday classics and a Motown set. FOSH presented residents with a few gifts — a couple dozen wreaths that decorated the walls and some tents residents will be able to use at their warm-weather outside events to stay out of the sun. After the program, everyone headed to the courtyard for the tree lighting and sang songs. What a great night!

Bring Wine, Join FOSH at Annual Solders Home Tree Lighting Celebration

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Enjoy the season! Georgetown Phantoms singers and champion whistler Chris Ullman will be performing at the Soldiers Home-DC holiday tree lighting on Tuesday, December 4th. Beginning at 6pm join FOSH’s meet and greet and bring a bottle of wine to share. The program begins at 6:30pm.

Fun for the entire family. Interested? Write Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldiers(at)gmail(dot)com.

Deadline For Holiday Cards for Home Veterans Is Dec. 14

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Its that time of year again! We are collecting handmade holiday cards for the residents of the Old Soldiers Home/ Armed Forces Retirement home here in DC. If you know an adult, office, child, daycare, or school that would be interested in making holiday cards to bring some joy to these individuals who have spent years or a lifetime in service to all of us, please spread the word and help us hand out a card to every retired soldier we can this holiday season. Last year we handed out over 700 hugely appreciated holiday cards from all over the country. The cards are delivered along with some hugs, singing and lots of holiday cheer.

I will be happy to pick up the cards you make or you may mail/ drop them at my home. The deadline for this small but meaningful way to help experience the joy of giving back in our own backyard is Friday, December 14th. In the event the number of cards exceeds the number of residents, all of the remaining art will be shipped to operation gratitude for placement in care packages of persons serving overseas. Please help spread the word and lets make this years card drive a success!

Thanks so much/ Happy Holidays.
Sarah Gabriel sarchance10(at)aol(dot)com