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.

Someday at Christmas …

There are many longstanding holiday traditions at St. Mary’s Home, and one of the favorites has come to be the annual visit by the singing group of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District.

District employees donated gifts to the nearly 90 children and young adults of the Home through the district’s Angel Tree event. The district’s singing group then delivered the gifts to the Home on Thursday, Dec. 17, and also sang holiday songs to the children and staff.

“Christmas isn’t Christmas until they come here,” Shirley Parham, a member of St. Mary’s activities staff, said as she introduced the singers.

District commander Col. Andrew Backus with Shirley Parham of St. Mary’s activities staff and Aly.
The performance delighted and touched both the children and staff of the Home.

Everyone gathered eagerly anticipated what staff here refer to as the “special Christmas song” the group performs every year: Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas.” A sample of the lyrics:
Someday at Christmas there’ll be no tears
All men are equal and no men have fears

One shinning moment my heart ran away
From our world today.

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime.