Bong Center Donates to Silver Bay Veterans Home

Baihly Warfield
Created: December 19, 2018 04:51 PM

SILVER BAY, Minn. - The Richard I. Bong Historical Center in Superior is all about preserving memories. And this time of year, they also want to be a blessing to those who have memories to share. 

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Wednesday morning, Hayes Scriven, executive director of the Bong, drove a trunkload of gifts and donations up Hwy 61 to the Silver Bay Veterans Home. 

"This year, the outpouring of support has been so amazing," Scriven said. "I couldn't believe all the stuff coming in."

As the vets got up, finished breakfast, and enjoyed live music in the lobby of the home, some of their future Christmas gifts were unloaded behind them. 

"It's special because it's from the Bong Museum, and it's veteran-to-veteran. That's what makes it really special," Joyce Scott, public relations coordinator at the Silver Bay Veterans Home, said. 

And it wasn't just gifts arriving at their door. 

"The new thing this year too is we got cash donated, and we've never had that before," Scriven said. "It's $340 that they can use for whatever they want."

The money means a higher quality of life. 

"The most precious gift is the gift of these $340," Scott said. "With this, we can provide entertainment, music and activity to all the veterans in the entire facility. So this is just priceless."

And the gift comes full circle. One of those activities Scott mentioned will be trips to the Bong Center. 

"We have started a partnership where we are going to go visit and tour the Bong Museum on a regular basis," Scott said. 

She hopes they will make new friendships along the way. 


Baihly Warfield

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