While some of their memories may be fading, a group of Alzheimer's patients at Foremost Health Care Center in Hesperia haven't forgotten to give back.


The participants in a Foremost activities class most whom are in their 70s and 80s gathered sundries including toiletries, homemade candy and sugar cookies and other goodies for troops in Iraq during the center's "Military Week" last week.


"This was a very rewarding activity for them," said Tammy Campos, who supervises activities at Foremost Health Care Center.


On hand to receive the box were Spcs. Rogers and Campos from Fort Irwin.


The most personal touches from the residents, however, came in the form of greeting cards featuring messages of appreciation and original craft work.


"It feels pretty nice," said Spc. Rogers. "People show they care about what you're doing. It's nice to read what people write."


"They tried to make them as creative as possible,"Campos added.


Campos came up with the "Military Week" idea after learning that May is Military Appreciation Month. Several of the residents have had family members, including spouses, who have served in the military. One female resident served in the Coast Guard, according to Campos.


"They did a lot of work for this box, and they are very proud of it."