Linda Sloan and Barbara McDougal hosted a Trunk or Treat event in Portland in October, to gather supplies on behalf of the Sumner County Veterans Home, as part of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution annual Day of Service. SUBMITTED

On Oct. 9, the members of the General Jethro Sumner Chapter, NSDAR, participated in a virtual meeting and Day of Prayer before heading out into Sumner County to support the Sumner County Veterans Home, as well as working at the Sumner County Archives helping clean antique photograph plates for restoration and cataloguing.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is celebrating the fifth year of the Annual DAR Day of Service, in which members volunteer and actively support various sections of the local community. This Day of Service is held to commemorate the founding of the NSDAR in October 1890.

In order to collect personal supplies for residents at the Veterans Home, local members decorated the trunks of their cars in typical Halloween attire and parked at locations throughout the county in order to accept donations of bathroom tissue packages to be distributed as part of their ongoing annual support of the home.

Members normally donate on a monthly and annual basis, supplies for the Veterans Home, but with current meetings limited to virtual attendance, the chapter determined that October, with the familiar celebration of Trick or Treats, would be an excellent opportunity to convert practical needs to a “treat.”

Nationally, the NSDAR tracks the hours of service that local chapters perform, and, so far throughout 2020, the members have contributed approximately six million hours across the country.

“We are an all-volunteer organization that accomplishes astounding things because we have faithful, committed, and energized daughters,” said NSDAR President General Doring Van Buren recently.

Visit DAR.org for more information about the non-profit organization.

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