Camden - Kings Bay Council

July 12th Lake City (FL) VA Medical Center Visit

On Tuesday, July 12th members of the Camden-Kings Bay Navy League Council traveled to the VA Medical Center in Lake City, FL, to visit and spend time with retired and hospitalized Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Merchant Mariners.

Thanks to the generosity of many we were able to collect and deliver some much needed supplies. We also collected $1,015.00 in cash donations which went toward purchasing additional supplies for the vets at the medical center.

Items delivered to the Medical Center on 7/12 were (10) books of U.S. stamps, (10) $10.00 Walmart gift cards, (2) large coolers, (6) cases coffee, body wash, deodorant, shaving cream, games, clothes, lots of hospice room snacks, and (10) beautiful military themed side bed caddies handmade by brand new Navy League Council member Jan Conkright. Pictured below left is Jan's husband Tom Conkright and Navy League Council member Cheryl Aston holding two of the side bed caddies. THANK YOU Jan and Tom!

Also during our visit at the Medical Center we assisted the veterans and staff with playing BINGO which was a lot fun for all. Our Council donated $300.00 in "canteen bucks" as prizes. Canteen bucks are dollar booklets of coupons which the medical center patients use to purchase things at the store within the facility. 

Here are some photos from our Council's July 12th visit to the VA Medical Center. 

Below: From L to R - VA Medical Center staff members Cindy Voltz and Robert Coon along with Camden-Kings Bay Council members Wellford Reed, Cheryl Aston, Stevie Obee, and Barry King.


Left: Council member Barry King with the VA Medical Center resident pooch Jodi.

Below: Quilt with the names of Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard former residents of the Lake City, FL VA Medical Center who have passed.

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Each July members of our Council travel to the VA Medical Center in Lake City, FL, to visit with hospitalized Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Merchant Mariners. The purpose of our visit is to express our thanks for their past service and sacrifice, and distribute personal care items, books and other supplies which can't be provided by the VA due to budget restraints.

The Lake City, FL VA Medical Center (VAMC) is one of two VAMCs in the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. The Lake City VAMC provides a full range of comprehensive health care, including: primary care, specialty care, and long term care. You can click here for detailed information about available services at the Lake City VAMC.

We are collecting supplies and accepting cash donations through July 6th for the July 12th VA Medical Center visit. Please contact Cheryl Aston or Stevie Obee to arrange a drop off/pickup date and time. 

Below is the list of items being requested by the VA Medical Center:

  • Ice Chests for Recreation Trips (e.g. fishing) 
  • Cups of Soup - microwavable
  • Ramen Noodles - individual packets
  • Peanut butter - individual small containers
  • Cheese and peanut butter crackers - individual packets
  • Cookies different types - individual packets
  • Potato Chips
  • Peanuts- small bags
  • Tuna- individual cans
  • Oatmeal - individual packages
  • Pudding cups 
  • Snack cakes - individual packages
  • Juice boxes
  • Small cans of Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, 7up, Ginger Ale, Root Beer, orange soda
  • Lap Robes and Ditty Bags (socks)
  • Coffee - 39 oz cans (ground).
  • Comfort Items, to include Deodorant, Men's Body Spray and Shaving Cream (at this time please no tooth brushes, tooth paste, body wash or razors)
  • Crafts of any kind
  • New Clothing XL, XXL, and XXXL
  • Postage Stamps
  • Board Games, Pokeno, Poker Chips, Ladder Ball Golf, Corn Hole, etc.
  • Gift Cards to support Social Work Service Indigent Veterans from Walmart $10.00 cards preferred.

In addition to the items listed above, cash contributions for the VA Medical Center are always welcome and appreciated. Please make your check payable to "Camden - Kings Bay Navy League," and mail to Gull Weaver at the address below before July 6th. Please add "VA Donation" to the memo line on your check. All donations of cash and supplies are tax deductible.

Gull Weaver
105 Royal Court
St. Marys, GA 31558

All members are welcome to join us on July 12th as we caravan to Lake City to deliver the supplies and spend time with our veterans. The trip is approximately a 90 minute drive and transportation can be provided. We plan on arriving at the Medical Center in Lake City, FL at 10:00 a.m., visit with veterans until 12:00 noon, have lunch on our own from noon to 1:00 p.m., then participate in BINGO with the veterans from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. after which we'll head home. Please contact Cheryl Aston or Stevie Obee if you wish to join us on this most worthwhile trip. We will need to provide the medical center with a headcount so please let us know by July 10th if you'll be joining us.