12-27-2016a-2Happy New Year! Before celebrating 2017, we gathered for our final volunteer event in 2016 — Happy Hour, which was held between Christmas and New Years Day. Friends of the Soldiers Home gathered with Nam Knights’ Washington Chapter and the Kindness Corps for a wonderful time of sharing drinks, jokes and conversation with friends we’ve all made at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington. The residents were glad to see the friends and volunteers who assisted, and we were glad to see them. A high point came when all the volunteers formed a choir and sang “God Bless America” to the residents. Thanks to AFRH Carol Mitchell, there were plenty of jokes being told and laughs being shared. Now, we’re all looking forward to the New Year! We plan to have more than 50 volunteer events, and we kick off with Saloon Night on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Write Lori Lincoln at volunteerfriendsofsoldier(at)gmail(dot)com to learn how you can participate in some of our activities!

Photos and story by Liz Cocke.