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Melissa thanks veterans for their service at McGuire VA Medical Center

Posted at 2:01 PM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 22:08:36-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- When it came time to take part in the CBS 6 Month of Giving, Melissa Hipolit drew inspiration from her grandparents. All month long, the CBS 6 news team will be in the community, helping people through random acts of kindness. We hope those who are helped will be inspired to pay it forward. If you've been inspired to pay it forward, click here to share your story.

Melissa chose to surprise veterans at McGuire VA Medical Center in South Richmond.

"I brought them Pearl's cupcakes and listened to their service stories," she said. "I also thanked them for their service."

One veteran said Melissa's visit made his day.

“I’m thankful, talking with you,” said one WWII veteran. “You put a smile on my face and I feel happy.”

Melissa said she wanted to honor her grandparents through her random act of kindness.

"My grandma died this year and my grandfather was a World War II veteran," she said.

WTVR CBS 6 has partnered with Union Bank & Trust for the Month of Giving.