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People Taking Action: Local volunteers take action to help veterans shop for the holidays

Posted at 6:53 PM, Nov 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-19 18:53:51-05

We shine our spotlight on volunteers who are taking action for veterans this holiday season.

Many of them are busy turning the American Legion Post 48 in the Phoebus section of Hampton into a gift shop. There are tables filled with an assortment of toys, sports equipment, clothes and jewelry.

The shoppers are veterans from the Hampton VA Medical Center.

Every year, the ladies from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 48 set it up to allow vets from the VA to go there and shop for loved ones.

And with the help of a volunteer, Vietnam Vet Eugene Hodge had a bag full of presents.

“Means a lot because it's hard for us to get out and shop in the stores,” says Hodge.

Throughout the year, the American Legion Auxiliary has been shopping so vets like Army Retiree John Dixon can have easy access at no charge to provide gifts for family members.

Because of their hard work, we wanted to present the American Legion Auxiliary with a NewsChannel 3 People Taking Action Award.

We also presented them with a Visa gift card from our community partner Southern Bank.