American Legion Auxiliary gives back

Published 2:59 pm Friday, November 24, 2017

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Washington Unit No. 15 added several items to their fall activities in October. Members took 20 decorated bags filled with food and snack items for Washington High School’s food pantry for the unit’s “Make a Difference Day” project. The members also delivered more than 300 “Have a Safe and Happy Halloween” brochures to students at Eastern Elementary in time for distribution before Halloween.

Besides hosting the Veterans Day Service on Nov. 11, Unit No. 15 President Betsey Lee Hodges participated in the parade and Veterans Day ceremony at Ridgewood. During the week of Nov. 13–17, members took fruit baskets for the staff of John Cotten Tayloe Elementary School in celebration of American Education Week to thank teachers and workers for their part in educating children and caring for their needs while at school.

Visits to veterans at the nursing homes are planned for Thanksgiving and Christmas. On a yearly basis, members of the American Legion Auxiliary across the nation assist nearly 3 million veterans, contribute $36 million toward veterans and military families, volunteer 9.3 million hours to support veterans’ programs and contribute more than $2 million to programs that benefit children and youth. Anyone interested in joining the organization can email for more information.