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Osmond’s holiday compassion continues

December 3, 2018

OSMOND — This community’s concern for those less fortunate exists year-round but perhaps especially at Christmastime.

That’s evident by the plans for Osmond’s annual Christmas Wishes gathering that is set for Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Osmond city auditorium. Social hour is set to begin at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m.

Hosted by Osmond’s Sons of the American Legion, the event is designed as an evening of entertainment, honoring local residents and helping those who have experienced hard times during the holidays.

Jim Schmit, who helps organize the event, said the annual Christmas Wishes effort raised about $18,000 last year to help the less fortunate. He said nominations are being taken for individuals or families to receive Christmas Wishes assistance this year.

This year’s event will include a special tribute to the Wounded Warriors Project, which has been chosen for this year’s recognition by the Sons of the American Legion.

Representing the project at the event will be Corey Briest of Yankton, who was an Army National Guard sergeant who sustained serious injuries from an explosion that took place while he was deployed to Iraq in 2005. It left him blind with a traumatic brain injury and lung damage, among other challenges.

Korean War veterans also will receive special honor at the event.

Briest has subsequently gained national attention for the Wounded Warriors Project while making appearances with Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw and others to highlight the challenges military veterans may face.

Entertainment at the banquet will feature Mario Rosales, a Las Vegas entertainer who performs stand-up comedy, does impressions and sings.

Schmit said reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 402-748-3884. A free-will offering will be collected to financially support the Christmas Wishes effort.

Those wanting to make Christmas Wishes nominations can call Schmit at 402-649-1011 or Mat Gubbels at 402-360-3995.

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