By BOB COUPLAND
WARREN - Veterans at Washington Square Nursing Home had a special surprise this holiday season as they were given a decorated Christmas tree and gifts as part of an adoption program.
Christine Palmer and her children, Jocelyn and Jordan, decorated a Christmas tree donated by the 5/6 Council at Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
Christine Palmer is a reservist at Youngstown Air Reserve Station and also a registered nurse at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in the obstetric unit.
She said she combined a community service project with the 5/6 Council and TMH Obstetric Nurses to adopt a family for Christmas. This year, they chose a single mother of four children who lost her belongings in a fire.
Palmer said "the response was so overwhelming that we were able to also adopt the residents at Washington Square, where there are 15 veterans."
Gifts were presented recently to each resident.
Betty Bennett, activity director at Washington Square, said Adopt a Family donated a six-foot Christmas tree and all its decorations, helped put up the tree and decorated it.
"It's a beautiful tree and greatly appreciated," Bennett said.
They also brought blankets and poinsettias for the nursing home.
To raise money for the items, benefits were held at Up A Creek in Howland, and donations were received from Sam's Club.