Mission Support Flight Donates Wii to Vets
By Maj. David Mendoza, Mission Support Flight Commander, 104th Fighter Wing
/ Published January 10, 2009
BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Massachusetts -- On the morning of December 12th, several members of the Mission Support Flight and one member from Fighter Wing Headquarters delivered a Nintendo Wii and assorted games to the Holyoke Soldiers Home, as a way of saying Merry Christmas and thank-you to the veterans for their military service.
The members that live at the home permanently will utilize this in the common area of their dormitory. The Wii allows them to be entertained all while staying physically active.
TSgt Nadine Bates, came up with the idea and was behind the collection of the funds required to purchase the gifts. While stationed at Westover ARB, Sgt Bates had organized a similar fundraiser in which a large screen television was purchased and donated to the Home.
Major Dave Mendoza, Mission Support Flight Commander, made the formalized presentation to Mr. Paul Morin, Superintendent, and Ms. Margaret Feyre, Director of Support Services at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Following the presentation, Mr. Morin and Ms. Feyre gave the members of the 104th a tour of the facilities and gave them an opportunity to visit with the patients, thank them personally for their service, and wish them a Merry Christmas.