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Buddy Poppy Campaign benefits veterans in need
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Dear Editor,
Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3111 and it’s Auxiliary will be distributing Buddy Poppies on Saturday, Nov. 7. The annual sale of Buddy Poppies by the Veterans of Foreign Wars has been officially recognized and endorse by government leaders since 1922.
Mayor Mike Allison has proclaimed the week of Nov. 1 thru the 8, as Buddy Poppy Days. You’ll be seeing volunteers at area businesses as well as Poppy Donation canisters at area businesses.
Proceeds from Poppy distribution must be used to benefit disabled and needy veterans, as well as the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.
We encourage everyone in the community to take the time to get a Buddy Poppy to help honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Wear it Proudly .... Especially on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
In 1923, VFW became the first veterans organization to promote a nationally organized campaign for the annual distribution of Poppies, which are assembled by disabled or hospitalized veterans. Many are assembled at our Veterans Home in Dodge City.
More than 14 million Poppies are assembled today and VFW Post Members as well as Auxiliary members raise more than $15 million annually from the distributions. VFW pays the disabled veteran for the work. In most cases, the extra money provides additional income for the worker to pay for the little luxuries which make the hospital life more tolerable.
Furthermore, Poppy assembly is often used as a therapy program to provide exercise for fingers and hands crippled by wounds, disease and
the effects of old age.
More than 1,300 children and veterans have been, or are being cared for in the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, Mich., thanks to a portion
of Poppy funds.
It’s truely all about veterans helping veterans and living up to VFW’s motto of “Honor the Dead by Helping the Living”.
THEY GAVE, WILL YOU? Get your VFW Buddy Poppy on Nov. 7.
Wear it Proudly.
Marge Bieberle Buddy Poppy Chairman,
Morrison McFadden VFW Post 3111