Leading up to the holidays, a group of individuals had a goal of collecting as many gifts, personal items, greeting cards and toys as possible from throughout the High Desert. This was the quiet mission of the National Spirit of Freedom group.
Their efforts benefitted the Orenda Foundation in Apple Valley, the High Desert Homeless Shelter, and Lancaster’s Pete Knight Veterans Home.
Veterans home residents received all sorts of gifts, like music CDs, videos, calendars, clothing, canned goods, and lap blankets. Homeless shelter residents received a variety of gifts, including toys for the children.
The National Spirit of Freedom is dedicated to serving local veterans and their families, including homelessness, job security, medical and educational needs. They participate in local parades, like the Veterans Day Parade, Phelan Phun Days, Hesperia Days, and Christmas parades. The group meets once a month in Adelanto. For membership or other information, contact Joy Jeannette at (760) 508-7313, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Their mailing address is: P.O. Box 813, Adelanto, CA 92301.760) 508-7313.