Military groups, local clubs decorate Fisher House for holidays

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
Soldiers and spouses from 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, put their finishing touches on a Christmas tree in the foyer at Fisher House II during a holiday decorating event at the Fisher Houses, Tripler Army Medical Center, here, Dec. 2. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)

Soldiers and spouses from 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, put their finishing touches on a Christmas tree in the foyer at Fisher House II during a holiday decorating event at the Fisher Houses, Tripler Army Medical Center, here, Dec. 2. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)

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HONOLULU — Since their residents couldn’t make it home for the holiday season, local military units, spouse groups and other organizations decorated the Fisher Houses at Tripler Army Medical Center, here, Dec. 2.

Units from all over Oahu came to spread cheer to the Fisher House residents, including the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment and 1st Bn, 21st Infantry Regt., both with 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, and Hui ‘O Na Wahine, an all-ranks spouse group based at Schofield Barracks.

Marine Aircraft Group-24 spouses from Marine Corps Air Station in Kaneohe, as well as the Aloha Moms Facebook group, also came together to make the Fisher House feel more like home.

Members of Hui ‘O Na Wahine, an all-ranks spouse club from Schofield Barracks, put their finishing touches on a Christmas tree in the television room at Fisher House II during a holiday decorating event at the Fisher Houses, Tripler Army Medical Center, here, Dec. 2. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)

Members of Hui ‘O Na Wahine, an all-ranks spouse club from Schofield Barracks, put their finishing touches on a Christmas tree in the television room at Fisher House II during a holiday decorating event at the Fisher Houses, Tripler Army Medical Center, here, Dec. 2. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Clark)

“We do an annual decoration,” said Anita Clingerman, Fisher House assistant manager. “People can adopt any community area — living room, kitchen — and then, once they adopt it, they can purchase their decorations and decorate their room how ever they want.”

The Fisher House’s mission is to give those undergoing medical treatment away from home a sense of home and family in a foreign environment. Events like this help residents during the holidays.

“This is my second Christmas here; it’s very heartwarming,” said Roque Cruz, an Army veteran who is staying at the house with his daughter while she undergoes medical treatment. “I like to go out there and try and do what I can to help out, too.”

“I love it, because right after they’re done decorating, it’s like a winter wonderland,” said Clingerman. She says she also enjoys it, as it gives the volunteers and the residents a chance to get to know each other, so the volunteers know where their hard work is going and the residents get an idea of who comes in to make their holidays brighter.

“This gives me a chance to give people a home for the holidays and help decorate, so they can feel more at home,‚” said Pfc. Robert Hole, 1-21st Inf. Bn. “It’s a great honor to help others, instead of doing something for myself.”

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