Legion makes sure veterans get Christmas groceries
Christmas hampers and festive treats have been delivered to veterans by a military charity.
Carol Everson, a caseworker with the Bermuda Legion, said deliveries were made to “every war veteran and widow’s household and everyone in nursing homes”.
She added: “Many people said they would just forget about Christmas this year, and people are right to want to take precautions.
“Others said they couldn’t afford it and would just let Christmas go.”
Ms Everson said “lovely, generous people” had pitched in to volunteer to raise funds for the food and gifts after a tough year for the charity.
She explained pandemic work and a lack of people in the city had hit its annual Poppy Day appeal.
But the Legion loaded up on groceries on Friday with help from Lindo’s Market in Devonshire, where Giorgio Zanol, the president of the Lindo’s Group, pitched in with is staff plus soldiers from the Royal Bermuda Regiment.
Financial services firm PwC helped sponsor the giveaway.
The number of veterans and widows is down to about 100 and Legion gifts went out in more than 60 deliveries from last Friday to this week.
Ms Everson said the packages included Christmas cards for nursing home residents drawn up by the island’s primary schoolchildren.
· Donations to the Bermuda Legion can be made to HSBC a/c 010731354001.