Each year the members of the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (RVCDAR) adopt the community service project of making fleece lap blankets for residents of the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Salem. This is just one of many projects the Roanoke Valley chapter completes annually in service to veterans.
The members usually deliver the blankets to the center as a group in February and distribute them to units throughout the facility; however, this year, due to the severe outbreak of the flu and other illnesses, the center is closed to visiting groups, as are many of the other facilities serving the elderly and infirm throughout the valley.
On February 5, Chapter Regent Sharon Menzies made the trip with her husband Gordon to the center to drop off the 72 blankets the chapter had made. This is an increase over last year’s delivery of 50 blankets.