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By Tiffany Marshall
Memorial Hospital Foundation 

American Legion Auxiliary 24 honors baby for sixth year in a row


November 17, 2022

Photo courtesy of Tiffany Marshall

Parents Danae Gomez and Brodie McJunkin welcome baby Weston on November 13.

The American Legion Auxiliary Archie Hay Unit 24 celebrated Veterans Day again this year by surprising a lucky family with a special gift basket.

This year, they had to wait just a few extra days as the first baby born since Veterans Day was in the early morning on Sunday, November 13th at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.

This year's gift basket included a handmade quilt and crocheted jacket, a baby bathtub, bottles, books, rattles, a custom crocheted teddy bear, and more.

Photo courtesy of Tiffany Marshall

American Legion Auxiliary Arche Hay Unit 24 members from left to right: Donna Williams, Lisa Sheesley, Patty Medina, Tammy Christensen, Virginia Struck, Esther Domhoff, Julie Wilson, Nancy Campbell and Gina Dusel. The members made a donation to the first baby born closest to Veterans Day.

The lucky recipients of the baby basket were Danae Gomez and Brodie McJunkin. They welcomed baby Weston Leo, who was named after his grandpa, a Navy Veteran.

"This is one of our favorite activities that the Auxiliary does. We have a lot of fun putting this basket together to celebrate the first baby born on Veterans Day, or in little Weston's case, the first baby born after Veterans Day," said Gina Dusel, Auxiliary Past Department of Wyoming President.

"We love that our community thinks of our patients and want to celebrate new babies. We truly look forward to seeing the amazing things that these generous ladies create and are always so honored to surprise our patients with their thoughtful donation," said Megan Jacobsen, the Director of Labor and Delivery.

For more information on donating to the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County or the

Memorial Hospital Foundation, please contact Tiffany Marshall or visit


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