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WACH volunteers visit Glenvue
Winn Army Community Hospital Volunteer Services Director Brigitte Shanken speaks to the crowd during a fall festival Oct. 23 at Glenvue Nursing Home. - photo by Photo by Marguertie West
Every year, under the leadership of Col. Paul Cordts, MEDDAC Hospital Commander, Brigitte Shanken, director of volunteer services at Winn Army Community Hospital, spearheads community enhancement projects for hospital volunteers to visit nursing homes in adjacent counties.
On Oct. 23, as part of national Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of service, Winn volunteers visited residents at Glenvue Nursing Home in Glennville.
During their visit, Winn soldiers, civilians, volunteers and family members helped coordinate a fall festival at Glenvue that featured food, entertainment, games and chats with residents. The group also delivered 125 bags filled with snacks, including sugar-free treats for residents with dietary restrictions.
Shanken said the event was a success thanks to the donations and support of Winn Army Community Hospital family and friends: Dental Activity staff, Live Band by Acoustic Rhythms, DJ Keenan Caudle, Savannah Ruff Riders, Classy Ladies Social Club, Rusty Pig BBQ, Steven Long, Gene McCarn, Jimmy Shanken, and chefs Raymond Palmer and Roscoe Phipps. Additionally, soldiers blew up balloons for attendees and organized rodeo events and horse shoe games.
“I can personally tell you that every second I invested in planning and organizing the Make a Difference Day was worth at least twice as much,” Shanken said. “The event at the Glenvue Nursing Home was priceless. So many smiles, so much fun, so much food, and what a great way to show the residents how much they really matter to us. The residents are so grateful for [the] visit and loved the snack bags!”
 Glenvue staffers and administrators expressed gratitude to the Winn volunteers for their help.
“Words cannot express how grateful we are to you, Col. Cordts, and everyone representing Winn Army Community Hospital for truly making a difference in the lives of our residents here at Glenvue. The food, the entertainment and the games far surpassed our expectations,” nursing home administrator Danny S. Lynn said. “The residents and staff are still talking about it and wanting to know if we are going to do this again next year.”

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