Auxiliary’s ViewBVA Auxiliary Edna Kirksey-Dixon

by Edna Kirksey-Dixon

The holiday season is upon us!

We have survived a long, hot, and dry summer. Now we move from the glorious colors of fall and the giving of thanks and reflection upon our many blessings. One of our greatest blessings is the ability to nourish one another and give generously of the blessings we have received.

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Can you believe this year of 2016 is almost over? What a great year it has been. Among other things, we experienced a wonderful convention in Milwaukee. Thank you, Christina, and thank you to all of your wonderful assistants.

The BVA Georgia Regional Group honored 20 BVA members and five BVAA members with a picnic at Cooper Creek Park on September 3. This group of dedicated persons, along with some from the National Federation of the Blind, participated in a special program with the local elementary school to teach children how to interact with a person who has a visual handicap.

The Emerald Coast Regional Group of BVA and BVAA was held its 5th annual Christmas Luncheon on December 6. We came together in the private dining room of Sonny’s BBQ and brought gifts for the Biloxi Blind Rehabilitation Center. Each of our members participated with T-shirts, briefs, or lightweight jackets to be presented to the BRC. The room was festively decorated in the Christmas theme, a local veteran came to play the guitar, and a local group sang Christmas songs. A professional photographer took a group photo as well as a pose of each couple.

The national organization of the BVA Auxiliary is still receiving new members and renewals of membership. If you have not sent yours in, please do so to Carl Hytinen, 14 Marehaven Drive, Seekonk, MA 02771. Are you volunteering and keeping a list of your volunteer hours? This is very important. We not only help others but benefit ourselves when we serve our veterans. Patti Hail would welcome your notes and emails: P.O. Box 739, Wenatchee, WA 98807, or email

We wish each and all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. May you and yours have a blessed New Year. Make a veteran happy by saying “I Love You!” and then giving them a hug.

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