HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - 'Tis the season for giving, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing just that. This holiday, they are reaching out to those who have served our country.
A few days before Christmas, the Corps visited with veterans at Tut Fann Nursing Home, handing out 150 gift baskets.
"At this time of the year, we are reaching out to the veterans here because someday, regardless of where you're at in the service, you will be a veteran, so this is our way of giving back to those here," said Russ Dunford with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
They gave back to those who gave up so much for us.
"They're the backbone of our country," said Chester Andrews, a volunteer. "Warriors make it happen. If it were not for them, we wouldn't be the free country that we are today."
The veterans received gift baskets filled with snacks, goodies, and all kinds of treats for the holiday season.
"It's been a very wonderful day hearing the music and the gifts that were given to Tut Fann are greatly appreciated," said veteran Charlie Elkins.
"I'm here and I'm glad to be here, thank you very much," said Bill Stout, another veteran.
For some, the basket means more than you can ever imagine.
"Some veterans don't have anyone," said Schevonna Anderson, who works at Tut Fann. "Some have family members that cannot make it to see them and it means a great deal for Christmas to have something."
Volunteers also serenaded veterans with festive holiday tunes and patriotic music during lunch at Tut Fann.