Garberville Veterans Association Hosting 37th Annual Christmas Community Celebration

This is a press release from the Garberville Veterans Association:

Merry Christmas, hope you had a Happy Chanukkah, and will have a Cheery Kwanzaa, a Happy Solstice any day now, and best of times to all this new year!

  It’s been THIRTY-SEVEN years that the GVA- the Garberville Veterans Association has been producing the annual Christmas Community Celebration and all are welcome. For the third year in a row we have been invited to provide this event at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. We are grateful that the space is available, and we’re ready to use the space. Our Hall, gifted to the veterans by Mrs Haynes, the mother of the first veteran from this area that died in the WW2, is slated to be replaced by the county on the same site in the near future.

All are invited to share in the festivities. Do not stay at home feeling alone, ignored or deserted, know that we do care about you.

The Christmas Celebration begins with the traditional dinner at noon on Christmas day. Santa will arrive at 2:30 pm with presents for the little ones.   Parents should call 707.223.3063 and leave the names, gender, and ages of children that will be attending.

We highly encourage those who would like to help the Chefs in the preparation of the feast to begin arriving at 9 AM on the 22nd, 23rd, the 24th, and/or Christmas day prepared to work. Please bring your favorite apron and sharp knife if possible. Those who would like to help with gift wrapping, begin arriving at noon on the 24th, and PLEASE bring your scissors.

  We also deliver meals by auto to those folks who cannot get out to share in the celebration. Please contact Meals-On-Wheels at the Healy Senior Center to ensure that your name and address is on the list…AND you won’t even have to do dishes!

  Scrooge learned his lessons and stated  that he would honor Christmas in his heart, and keep it there all the year. He vowed to keep the  lessons forever within himself that the Spirits of the past, present and future taught him.

Members from the business community and various angels from our neighborhoods and watersheds share in the financial support for this endeavor. Checks or money orders can STILL be mailed to the GVA at Box 133 Garberville 95542 or given to Amie McClellen or Dr. Brian Ormond.

    On Christmas Day we’ll need people to help serve the meal, to play music, to eat food, to be joyful, peaceful and merry. Naturally we’ll need several people throughout the day to help tidy up and do dishes…and especially at 4pm, at the end of the celebration, to return the building to its normal spic and span condition.

  Again, we thank our community for helping us to spread the holiday cheer. We hope to, and want to, see you at the Christmas Celebration!

  To help Santa’s efforts you may call the Veteran’s Hall at 707.223.3063 for gift pick-up, or

Gifts may be left at the office of Brian Ormond, D.C., 353 Sprowel Creek Road (across from the Garberville Post Office) during the weeks leading up to Christmas…open hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday   9am – 6pm.

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