Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center employees took the time this holiday season to make Christmas a bit more jolly for children in need.

On Tuesday, the VA delivered gifts for 193 children selected by the Department of Human Services.

VA spokesman Shanon Goodwin said it’s a project VA employees take on every year. They chose gift recipients from a stack of wish lists created by DHS case workers, who met with children in advance and wrote down names, ages, genders, clothing sizes and, perhaps most importantly, what they wanted for Christmas.

Goodwin praised the generosity of his fellow VA staff members.

“As carts of gifts were loaded onto trucks from the VA and transported to DHS, you could see from the smiles of employees’ faces that they were beyond happy that they could contribute to making a child smile,” Goodwin said.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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