The 2011-2012 CAR National Theme is “Living the American Dream.” Quoted from the National Program Packet - “Our Founding Fathers had a Dream for what they wanted America to become, and great risk came with the action on that Dream for them and everyone else who gave aid to the American Revolution. As the Children of the American Revolution, we honor their Dream and their bravery, but their Dream and their fight for America did not end in the time of the American Revolution. We carry with us today the same core values of their Dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. What better way is there to honor their Dream than by supporting those who defend that Dream today? Thanks to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, we are able to be Living the American Dream.”
Members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care. A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. There are 54 Fisher Houses located across the country and Germany.
The CAR National Project this year is to raise funds for the Fisher House Foundation to use toward building a new Fisher House. Locally, there is a Fisher House near the Denver VA Medical Center in Aurora. This facility has nine rooms which accommodates about 20 people and is usually full year round. William Smith Livingston CAR members contacted the director to see how they could provide assistance. They are always in need of paper products such as paper towels, napkins and toilet paper. On their wish list is new or used games for their Xbox 360 and Wii gaming systems. Please consider donating any games that you don’t play anymore or purchasing used games from GameStop. We are collecting these items and plan to deliver them along with holiday gift bags on December 10th after the wreath laying ceremony.