Members of the Chester Lions Club joined the Barney Apgar American Legion Post in their effort to create a diversion from monotony for injured and disabled veterans at Lyons Hospital, in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
“We rent space from the American Legion in Chester, and have formed a great relationship with them,” said Phil Savell of the Lions Club. “As part of their mission they routinely go to the hospital and this time we decided to assist them.”
While the Federal Government furnishes medical and psychological care for our heroes, the American Legion and the Chester Lions Club offered more than the basics. Discount coupons and various gifts were distributed to those in attendance.
“Coupons booklets come from within the American Legion organization,” Savell said. “The coupons are good towards items that can be found in the commissary at the hospital.”
Everyone in attendance also enjoyed a game of bingo.
“The hospital is set up with a regulation bingo board and table,” Savell said. “It's a great format too, because everyone is able to win a prize and everyone seems to enjoy themselves."
The American Legion provides this service on a continuing basis. The American Legion and the Chester Lions Club are dedicated to their individual missions. The Legion advocates for military personnel and veterans while the Lions Club supports any organization or individual in need.
Those who want to get involved can contact the Barney Apgar American Legion in Chester to volunteer their time, or even contact the hospital directly.
"Whatever people can do for the veterans is a great help,” Savell said. “They love having visitors, and appreciate whenever anyone is interested in spending some time with them."