On Dec 21st, truckloads of Christmas cards made their way into the hands of hundreds of residents at the Colonel Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City, AL. Aware of the loneliness and isolation from loved ones due to the ongoing pandemic, Service to the Armed Forces Volunteer Nyl Aziaya of Alabaster took on a challenging yet meaningful project this holiday season to lift their spirits.
He began working with several other High School seniors to develop and distribute Christmas cards for our veterans, Nyl coordinated with the various organizations he’s involved in for help. To accomplish his goal, he engaged his team at the Alabama Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP) whose members range from Decatur and Birmingham City Schools, to Miss Kimberlee Campbell’s Art Class at Thompson High School in Alabaster. Nyl also received the support of American Red Cross and Birmingham Front Desk volunteer, Jackie Gore, who made 230 handcrafted cards.
We are very grateful to Nyl for taking on this incredibly important and much needed project this Christmas season. With COVID-19 still ravaging our state VA Homes and Assisted Living Facilities, efforts like those of Nyl and his team make a big difference in making a dark year a little brighter.