The Rimmer family celebrates Christmas like most people – they decorate the living room, put up a tree, wrap presents and gather around to delight in the pile of ripped paper and bows. But the living room that they decorate, and the people they gather around for gifts, music and a hearty dinner, is at Liberty House, a programfor veterans runby MHMR TC.
"We don't give gifts to each other anymore,” says Cynthia Prince “We give our gifts here, where they're needed."
Roy Rimmer, a former Marine, oversees the event, along with his wife Nancy, his daughters Cynthia prince and Renee Mesechar and their families. The extended family has been celebrating at Liberty House since it opened to homeless veterans in 2010. This year’s event featured live piano music played by one of the residents, a decorating frenzy that left everyone laughing about glitter, and an impressive feast after the gifts and candy were passed around.
Not to be outdone, students from the Tarrant County College Northeast Campus added a truckload of holiday cheer to the pile. David Sallee, an instructor at TCC and faculty advisor of the TCC Northeast Veterans Association, organized the philanthropic effort.
Students in Mr. Sallee's classes donated canned goods, winter coats and other clothing to the veterans at Liberty House. Mr. Sallee and two of his students, Rey Moreno and Hank Mason delivered over 900 cans of food plus 15 coats and household linens for Liberty House. The TCC group toured the home and was so impressed by the well-organized but homey atmosphere that they promised to be back in the spring with another truckload of donations.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to the volunteers and donors who give their time, talent and treasure to reach out and make the holidays sparkle!