U.S. Embassy Donation to Šeduva Elderly Care Nursing Home
August 21, 2012
On August 20, U.S. Embassy employees donated $35,000 worth of property to the Šeduva Elderly Care Nursing Home.
The head of the Office of Defense Cooperation, LTC Cynthia Matuskevich, along with the Bilateral Affairs officers, LTC Stephen Timmons and LTC Judah Whitney from the Pennsylvania National Guard, represented the Embassy. About 20 U.S. military cadets who are teaching English to Lithuanian Special Forces, members of the Roma community, and to various summer campers as part of the U.S. military’s Cultural Language Program (CULP), also attended, as did four members from the Lithuanian Air Force.
The U.S. Embassy was made aware of the Šeduva Nursing Home and its needs through the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense. These donations from the United States traveled on a ship across the Atlantic and arrived in Šeduva in a 14-meter semi-trailer. The donation included wardrobes, tables, chairs, blankets, pillows, sheets and towels.
The U.S. cadets spent time with the residents of the nursing home, several of whom served in the 2nd World War. In the United States, these cadets study foreign languages, and the students of Russian were able to put their language skills to use.