While there we assisted in their weekly bingo game with some of the Veterans sharing their bingo cards with Fort Irwin youth. They played a total of eight games and when it got close to where someone needed one more number, it was everyone on the edge of their seats. The event was a great experience for the Veterans and the Families of Fort Irwin
During the event, the youth passed out sand art stars with red, white, and blue sand along with “Thank you for your service” drink coasters. After bingo, all the Families and youth went to a number of Veterans rooms to pass out more of the small gifts along with holiday cards the Red Cross had gathered from across the country. The Veterans Home has approximately 200 Veterans.
In attendance from Fort Irwin for the event were: Scott Temple, Christian, Megan, Angelina and Major Carrido, Jazel, Alyssa and Jorge Mendoza, Bill Havican, James and Amanda Britton, Ivette Penzola, Daylen Adams, Megan and Ron Israel.
The American Red Cross at Fort Irwin is making this a monthly event. Our next outing will be in January and the event itself only takes about two hours out of your day. If you would like some more information about how you can volunteer with the American Red Cross, contact us at 380-3697 or 380-3508. You can also go to the Facebook page, American Red Cross (SAF), and “like us” to receive updates. You can also click on the link called Volunteer Connection and apply for a volunteer position.