Let's have a party

The holiday decorating party at Fort Gordon's Fisher House is an annual event for the staff, volunteers and house residents.

Lavonya Maddox (from left), Sandra Kennedy and Sheila White help decorate the gazebo at Fort Gordon's Fisher House. Wal-Mart helped with party supplies.  Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Lavonya Maddox (from left), Sandra Kennedy and Sheila White help decorate the gazebo at Fort Gordon's Fisher House. Wal-Mart helped with party supplies.

This year's event, which took place Dec. 2, received an added infusion of holiday cheer through Wal-Mart's Operation: Deck the Walls.

"The employees from the Bobby Jones store brought supplies out, and we have 20 local Wal-Mart and Sam's Club employees volunteering," said Francisco Cruz Jr., manager of the Fort Gordon Fisher House.

Usually, about 30 volunteers help with the holiday dÃcor, but nearly 100 showed up this year.

Through Operation: Deck the Walls, Wal-Mart donated about $2,000 in decorations for the house and presented Mr. Cruz a $5,000 gift card to buy items for the house and its residents.

"We provided all outside and inside decorations," said Jason DiLorenzo, manager of the Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway.

Decorations included wreaths, garlands, lights and two Christmas trees.

Refreshments were provided by Sam's Club.

After the holiday decorating, members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church provided Christmas music.

Operation: Deck the Walls provided shopping sprees and holiday decorations to all 38 Fisher Houses in the United States and Europe. Fisher Houses provide free lodging for families of service members who are receiving treatment at area hospitals.

Mr. Cruz said hewill use the gift card to buy items such as DVD and VHS players for the rooms. He planned to take some of the family members along with him to purchase items specifically for their rooms.

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