January 3rd, 2010 7:08 AM by Joan Rusco
I’ve repeatedly said that providing home loans to Minnesota Veterans is a great job. Never in a million years did I expect to end up with the opportunity to provide a service to those who have served us. Now I do that every day when a Veteran or active duty military person comes to me and asks for help in buying or refinancing a home with a VA loan in Minnesota (and soon other states!). This is an article of gratitude as we begin a new year.
Like many business people we decided to throw a party for clients past and present. But as we laid out the plans for this Christmas “thank you” party to be held at the National Guard Armory in Rosemount, it became evident that we couldn't restrict it just to our clients. We wanted to say “thank you” to every Minnesota Veteran, active duty military and especially their families. We received support from the Salvation Army who agreed to serve a hot lunch featuring soup and chili. The Starbucks Coffee in Rosemount generously donated all the coffee and hot chocolate we could use. Baker’s Square donated pies through the Salvation Army. These people were set to provide a complete feast. We arranged for Santa Claus to come. We even had sleigh rides with live Reindeer! On the day of the party we didn’t know what to expect. We certainly didn’t expect what was to come.
By 9 in the morning on December 20th our small crew arrived at the Armory with Christmas trees, decorations and lots of enthusiasm. By the start time at 11 we were ready and soon guests started arriving and they kept coming for hours! In the end we had over 200 people attend. We had face painting, balloon artistry, the food, coffee and sleigh rides. We also had lots of pictures and we’ve posted a few on our site (Party Pics Seen Here-Just Click). We know this is the first of what will now become an annual event.
We were overwhelmed by the gratitude shown us at this party even though we were the ones wanting to say thank you. Minnesota Veterans, Active Duty personnel and families: thank you for every day of your service and thank you for making this Christmas one of the greatest we’ve ever experienced. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
One other thing, if you or anyone you know needs a loan to buy or refinance a home, call or email us. We would be honored to have the opportunity to serve you and yours. Happy New Year!