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Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

A church service was provided in the chapel on Sunday morning. A Lutheran service was provided for the residents on Monday morning and in the afternoon residents enjoyed a game of “Pass the Trash.”  A Bible study was held in the chapel on Tuesday morning and then in the afternoon a watermelon feast was held.  A group of residents toured the State Capitol and the museum in Jefferson City on Wednesday and enjoyed lunch at the Capitol Grill.  Bingo and pool were the highlights on Thursday morning and in the afternoon a retirement party was held for Pearl Hilkemeyer who had worked at the facility for 20 years.  Poker Keeno was the entertainment on Friday morning and in the afternoon residents enjoyed Ma & Pa Kettle shows and strawberry shakes.  That evening a group traveled to the VFW Post in Fulton for a pork steak dinner.  On Saturday, residents participated in the Martinsburg picnic and parade.
Thanks to everyone who donated blood at the American Red Cross blood drive on August 14. The drive which was sponsored by the facility had 16 pints of blood collected. Each pint of blood can be divided into three components-red cells, platelets and plasma-giving our blood drive the possibility of impacting 48 lives. While it is impossible at the time of donation to know how that specific donation will be used, there are more used for blood than may people realize. Whole blood often is needed for surgery patients and trauma victims. For example, a single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.  The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs. Cancer patients may also need significant amounts of blood. More than one million people are diagnosed with cancer each year.  Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.  To learn more about how donating blood can help a patient in need, go  Thanks again to those of you who gave a part of yourself to help patients in need.
Missouri Veterans Home-NAHCA Presents-Car Wash & Gas Pumping on Friday, August 30 from 1:30–6 p.m. at Murphy’s Gas Station by Wal-Mart. VFW Post No. 3772 will meet on Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. in the dining room at the facility. All VFW members are welcome to attend. The Alzheimer Support Group will meet on Wednesday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the facility.  The public is welcome to attend.
MVH Assistance League, Mexico VFW Post No. 26, Fulton VFW Post No. 2657 and Mokane AmVets Post No. 153 will sponsor a poker run on September 14.  To pre-register or for questions you can contact Dan Carson 573-581-4848 or Susan Paden 573-581-1088 ext. 1286.