Saturday, December 22, 2007

This American Legion Post provides Christmas meals

Everyone does meals at Thanksgiving for the homeless and the downtrodden, but come Christmas not so much, here is a story about an American legion group that provides a holday meal for veterans and anyone else that cares to drop in for some fellowship anda good meal SALUTE to the men and women of this American Legion Post.

American Legion Provides Holiday Meal For Community
This article was published on Saturday, December 22, 2007 9:15 PM CST in News
By Pablo Bello
Email this story Print this story Comment on this story Related Photos FAYETTEVILLE -- For June Walden, having Christmas dinner at the Fayetteville American Legion on Saturday was also a reason to get out and be with people.

"I've been coming to the legion for 20 years and this gives me something to do," said Walden, 70, of Fayetteville.

For the past 15 years the American Legion post has provided the annual Christmas feast for veterans and their families, but anyone that needs a meal is welcome, said Rod York, post commander.

"We are expecting to serve 60 or 80 meals today and we couldn't do it without foundations like Tyson and several banks that contribute money," said York.

Every year the legion sees more volunteers during Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners. "It's our way of giving back to the community," said York.

The legion also provides other services to veterans such as financial help and scholarships for children of military members and veterans, said York.

Neighbors also came to the celebration, such as Margi Pierce, 82, of Farmington, who said it was the first time she came to the legion. She said she saw an invitation in the paper.

Navy veteran Delynn Mundt of Fayetteville has been a volunteer at the Fayetteville post for three years and one year with the post in Bella Vista.

"I love to help other people whether or not they are less fortunate. We are here for our community and we invite everyone to enjoy our hospitality and food," said Mundt.

She said the legion also provides other services for veterans in distress, such as clothing and visitation while they are in the hospital.

The salon at the legion is rented for parties to collect money to help veterans, said Mundt.

Norma Dickerson, 50 and her mother, Suzie Dickerson of Fayetteville, said they used to come to the legion every year during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"We saw the announcement in the paper and we know they have good food, and we didn't have other plans for Christmas," said Norma.

For more information about the legion call 442-5291.

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Anonymous said...

This is a good story about some deserving veterans, however there is an inacurracy in the statement of Robert Clay, He is a Navy veteran who served briefly in 1977 and 1978 but was never in Vietnam. Listing him as a Vietnam veteran when he never served there or during any war time is a disgrace to the men and women who did actually serve real time in a war zone and not in the brig in Millington.

Mike (Beetle) Bailey said...

I corrected this post becuase of your statements but you should notify the news org that published it if he was 51 for this story it means he was in Vietnam at age 14