Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
High School Senior Shares Gifts with Veterans
When Kellianne Mitchell’s mother told her about an article she had recently read about finding ways to help Veterans over the holidays, the Troy, Mo. Troy Buchanan High School senior put her creativity to work and came up with a plan to deliver 40 Veteran Wish Kits to Truman VA in Columbia, Mo. A Wish Kit is a bag of items that Veterans may need while receiving inpatient care at Truman VA. Her kits included personal care items that Veterans need as well as handwritten cards and fun items to lift their spirits.
On Dec. 1, Kellianne delivered 186 Veteran Wish Kits – more than four times the number she had hoped to collect. The generous donations from her friends and family helped brighten the holidays for Truman VA Veterans, which was precisely Kellianne’s goal.
Kellianne says it was easy for her to decide on Truman VA as the recipient of her Wish Kits as she comes from a long line of Veterans, some who have received care at Truman VA. As she delivered her kits to hospitalized Veterans, she realized the importance of thanking them for their service.
“I think that, when serving our Veterans in any way, it isn't just serving them, but serving the community and younger generations, too” says Kellianne. “I believe it is important to know the reason we are where we are today and, without Veterans, we wouldn't be here.”
Next year Kellianne will be a freshman at the University of Missouri, where she plans to major in agricultural journalism. She hopes that someone else will take up the torch and continue on with this worthy project.
Kellianne says that the many generations of Veterans in her family inspired her to take up this endeavor, especially her grandfather who passed away a few years ago. She said that she likes to think he is smiling down on her and is proud of the work she has done for these Veterans. Kellianne, we are sure your grandfather is extremely proud of you and we, at Truman VA, are proud of you, too.