The DC Knights of Columbus donated iPads to Veterans at the Washington DC VA Medical Center on July 6, 2022.
The donation of 12 iPads and cases was in addition to 13 previously gifted on April 25, through the DC VA Medical Center’s Center for Development and Civic Engagement. They will be used at the Community Living Center, or CLC, by Veteran residents.
Center for Development and Civic Engagement Chief Theophilus Marsh said most CLC residents have not been able to leave the center much since the start of COVID-19. The donated iPads will help to keep them engaged and connected with the outside world.
“These iPads will at least allow them to take a digital outing and stay entertained with movies, games and daily newspapers,” explained Marsh.
VA Community Living Center’s provide a place where Veterans can receive nursing home level care, which includes help with daily living activities and skilled nursing and medical care. The CLC's mission is to improve the health and independence of Veterans so they may return home.
Marsh said that the CLCs are often in need of donations, so his office maintains a “wish list” that is updated frequently as different needs arise. Anyone interested in donating can contact the Center for Development and Civic Engagement by calling 202-745-8322.
“I cannot stress enough gratitude for the donors that give so graciously to enhance the quality of life for all of our Nations Veterans. Their donations help restore dignity to the homeless and even provide basic hygiene needs to Veterans that may spend a night or two in the hospital. Your donation may be just what a Veteran needs to feel like they have a purpose and our job is to ensure that your donation reaches that Veteran in a timely manner,” said Marsh.
To learn more about the role of the Center for Development and Civic Engagement and how you can donate goods or services, visit VA Center for Development and Civic Engagement Home.
This story was originally published on April 25, 2022. It was updated on July 6, 2022.