LEBANON, Ore.-- Earlier in the month, 14 residents and one employee tested positive for coronavirus at the Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon, and now people from all over the world are sending videos and cards to encourage staff and residents.
Staff at the home and the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs have now created “Operation Well Wish," which allows people to send in well wishes to the residents and the staff at the home. Many have sent letters, postcards, pictures and artwork. All are cleared by the home’s infection prevention team before being shared with residents.
“With the lockdown protocols that are currently in place to keep our community safe, it has been a tremendous change in the residents’ way of life,” said ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick. “These men and women at our Lebanon Veterans’ Home have borne the battles to keep this nation safe and free. It’s wonderful for so many of the people that they have protected to be remembering them in this challenging time.”
The Lebanon Veterans’ Home Program Director Jeremy Woodall said the well wishes have been helpful for both residents and staff.
“Seeing the smiles and songs and well wishes come in from literally around the world has lifted their spirits,” he said. “Young children, men and women, veterans and civilians, everyone has a chance share love and hope to others in this time.”
If you would like to be part of Operation Well Wish, please send your cards, letters or other materials in an unlicked envelope to ATTN: Operation Well Wish, Oregon Veterans’ Home, 600 N. 5th St., Lebanon, OR 97355. Videos may be sent to ODVAInformation@odva.state.or.us.