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VA staff makes holidays warmer for some veterans’ families

Wed., Dec. 23, 2009, 4:47 p.m.

Veterans’ families whose Christmas holiday looked bleak a few weeks ago were surprised with donated gifts and food Wednesday from employees at the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Navy veteran Sandy R. Avery appeared overwhelmed as she and her five sons’ arms were loaded with gifts and a little cash by VA employees.

“This is great. I was very surprised by it,” Avery said. She was with her family in a Coeur d’Alene transitional housing facility.

“My wish came true,” Andrew Avery, 7, said after he discovered a hand-sewn bag filled with goodies. “I wanted a bag full of cookies.”

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