Army Instructors Have Lots to Teach About Generosity

From left, Staff Sgt. Everett Colby, Brandon, Sgt. First Class Justin Hanson and Staff Sgt. Donovan Cooper in the lobby of St. Mary’s Home. 

About 20 helicopter mechanics instructors stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis on the Peninsula donated Christmas presents to the children and young adults who live at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children in Norfolk. Three of the instructors delivered the presents to the Home on Dec. 17 and took a tour of the facility.


They also presented 15-year-old Brandon, one of more than 80 children and young adults who live at the Home, with a commemorative coin representing their unit. The instructors are with the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School, a tenant activity at the base.

Santa Would Love a Sweet Ride Like This

On Dasher, on Dancer … You could win this beautiful Beetle, parked in front of St. Mary’s Home for the holidays, and help children and young adults who have severe disabilities.  

Raffle tickets are still available for this beautiful Salsa Red VW Beetle, donated by Checkered Flag Volkswagen to benefit the children and young adults of St. Mary’s Home. But don’t delay, because only 800 tickets will be sold, at $50 apiece.

The winning ticket will be drawn during the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s 6th Annual Gala & Auction presented by Checkered Flag Volkswagen on Feb.19 at The Westin-Town Center in Virginia Beach. You need not be present to win, but we’d love to see you there.

For raffle tickets or more information, call (757) 622-2208 ext. 381 or visit St. Mary’s website.

Here’s a video of the Beetle arriving at St. Mary’s Home earlier this year:

Thomas Nelson Nursing Students Spread Holiday Cheer at St. Mary’s Home

Ashley smiles as nursing students from Thomas Nelson Community College sing “Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer and other classic holiday songs in her classroom at St. Mary’s Home.

First, they took their finals. Then, they came to St. Mary’s Home to spread some holiday cheer. And of course, they brought Santa with them.

Santa and Amonte. 

A group of nursing students from Thomas Nelson Community College finished their final exams this morning, then dropped by the Home to bring presents for the children — and candy canes and chocolates for the nursing staff. They also visited with children in the classrooms and sang Christmas songs.

The nursing students (including Santa) were already familiar with St. Mary’s, having done clinical rotations at the Home. Their holiday visit continues an annual tradition started by Thomas Nelson nursing students in the late 1990s.

“This is something very, very generous for the students to do,” said Susan Kok, St. Mary’s director of staff development, who welcomed the group back to the Home today.

The Thomas Nelson nursing students with Marilou Wilder, far left, and Susan Kok, far right, from St. Mary’s staff. 

Amelia and Ashley’s Tea for Six

Seated: Ashley, left, and Amelia, right. Standing, from left to right: Annie MacRae and her mother, Ann MacRae; Amelia’s mother, Myra Perdue; and Martha Price Stewart, director of development at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children. (photo by Nicole Hoskins Jones)

When it comes to tea parties, Amelia is a natural. How could she not be, since, as her mother noted, Amelia is from the South, where folks drink plenty of tea?

Amelia recently donned a fancy hat and dress and headed to the charming tearoom at Rowena’s in Norfolk for a luncheon. Rowena’s founder, Rowena Fullinwider, is an associate member of the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s Home. Joining Amelia were Ashley, who, like Amelia, lives at St. Mary’s Home; Amelia’s mother, Myra Perdue; and some special friends: Martha Price Stewart, St. Mary’s director of development, and Stewart’s sister, Ann MacRae, and niece, Annie MacRae, who were visiting from North Carolina. 
“I suppose we could change Amelia’s name just a bit to Amelia Belle,” said her mother. “This was Amelia’s first time attending a tea party. However, it is the beginning of many to come.”

The trip to the tearoom is just one of the many field trips into the community that St. Mary’s recreational therapy staff organize for the children. For example, on Saturday, Trent, Antwoine, Camille, Dreshawn and Tyquawn visited the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton — thanks to tickets generously donated by Adams Outdoor Advertising. And Kishaun, Nate G., Katie A., Meagan E. and Molly went to see the holiday lights along the boardwalk at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. 

A Family Tradition of Giving Continues

Two Sisters, and two sisters: From left, Sister Mary June Morin of St. Mary’s Home, Sister Francis Clements, and Clements’ nieces, sisters Michelle Masters and Mona Lankford, during the family’s recent visit to St. Mary’s. 

Sisters Michelle Masters and Mona Lankford visited St. Mary’s Home last week to donate Christmas presents to the children and young adults, including sleepers and school supplies. This was the 14th year the family brought presents to the Home for the holidays, following a tradition started by their mother, Mary Catherine Masters of Portsmouth, who used to rock babies at the former St. Mary’s Infant Home.

The daughters had never ventured beyond the front lobby of St. Mary’s current building, which opened almost six years ago. So during their recent visit, they took a tour of the 88,000-square-foot facility and saw children attending class and having fun during physical therapy sessions with St. Mary’s staff. With them was their aunt, Sister Francis Clements, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, based in Oldenburg, Ind. Sister Francis and her nieces also got to meet Sister Mary June Morin, a Daughter of Wisdom who has worked at St. Mary’s Home for more than 50 years and is the last nun remaining on the staff.

Sadly, Mary Masters, who was 81, passed away on Sunday. In yet another act of generosity, the family requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Oasis Social Ministry or St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children. Her legacy of kindness and thoughtfulness lives on through her family.

Craig Moeller of WVEC-TV Visits St. Mary’s Home

Local TV personality Craig Moeller greets 6-year-old Madison in one of St. Mary’s classrooms.
Craig Moeller, meteorologist with WVEC-TV in Norfolk, visited St. Mary’s Home today and met with children and staff. St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board President Karen Hibbard led Moeller on a tour of the 88,000-square-foot Home, including classrooms and therapy facilities. 
Moeller is going to be the emcee for the Auxiliary Board’s sixth annual gala and auction fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at The Westin-Town Center in Virginia Beach. This year’s festivities will feature a raffle for a 2010 salsa red VW Beetle courtesy of Checkered Flag Volkswagen.
For raffle tickets or more information about the auction, including sponsorship opportunities and how to donate auction items, call (757) 622-2208 ext. 381.