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Adopt-A-Veteran program delivers gifts from Angel Tree program

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In Henderson, workers with the Office of Employment and Training, along with a special helper, delivered gifts to veterans Friday.

The office tells 14 News, especially around the holidays, it's important to honor those who have done so much for our country.

Friday, veterans at Redbanks Nursing Center had a visit from a special guest.

Santa Claus came to Henderson a few days early this year, to help the Office of Employment and Training deliver cartloads full of gifts to about 70 local veterans at seven different medical facilities.

"When we come in, their smile lights up the room but the truth of the matter is we're meeting America's heroes," Santa said.

Those gifts, practical items like soap, packs of cards and blankets, were donated by community members through the Adopt-A-Veteran Angel Tree program. Santa tells us he's glad that Henderson-area residents are helping him out with these holiday gifts.

"It really shows the outpouring of love and, and dedication that the community has toward their veterans."

And those American heroes have some big stories to tell.

Sit down with Army veteran William Young and he'll tell you all about the Battle of the Bulge, and share plenty of stories about his time serving in the US Army. But for veterans like young, it's not just about gifts this Christmas, it's about visiting with others and realizing that their hard work never goes unnoticed.

"It's wonderful," Young said. "Yeah, I think it's wonderful."

The Office of Employment and Training says this is the eighth year for their Adopt-A-Veteran Angel Tree Program. The office tells us they're already looking forward to next year.

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