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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Pershing gives community chance to honor heroes

  • The Pershing Community Center is sponsoring a special Hero’s Tree this holiday season to give community members the opportunity to honor those who have made a significant impact on their lives.
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  • The Pershing Community Center is sponsoring a special Hero’s Tree this holiday season to give community members the opportunity to honor those who have made a significant impact on their lives.
    A special Christmas tree has been placed in the atrium of the Pershing Community Center for people to place an ornament on to honor their loved one.
    “The idea is, whoever your hero is, you can come in and make an ornament, with their picture in it and you hang it on our tree,” said Scotty Reed, PCC business manager.
    Reed said the idea for the tree started out with an idea to honor deployed soldiers but then he decided to open it up to any hero.
    “The family members can sometimes be forgotten, and they can be heroes to the soldiers so we opened it all up. It can be grandma, it can be mommy, it can be a soldier deployed, anyone that is your hero,” Reed said.
    The Pershing Community Center has partnered with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Arts and Crafts Frame Shop to make this service possible. Staff members from the Arts and Crafts Frame Shop will be at the PCC from 5 to 8 p.m. today and Dec. 19 ready to assist people in making ornaments.
    According to Bernie Riker, FMWR Arts and Crafts Frame Shop manager, the ornaments will be a 2-inch by 4-inch frame that can be decorated.
    “Come and enjoy a program that allows you not only to be creative, but to contribute to decorating a tree representing those that are our “heroes,” Riker said.
    The program is free of charge for participants.
    “You come in, we will have the stuff laid out and we will have the staff available to help —it could be kids, adults or anyone,” Reed said.
    Reed said community members could also bring in their own ornament to hang on the tree. All ornaments will be available for pick up after the New Year.
    For more information, call 329-2455.
     

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