VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary members made military blankets for Quad County Hospice. The members were surprised when they showed up to make the blankets and found WAND News there to film a segment. Though the members were nervous, they did a great job making the blankets under the direction of member Betty Williams who had experience making them.
The blankets are given to veterans who are in hospice care. The two groups purchased the material and worked together to make a blanket for each military branch…the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. The blankets were presented to Katie Sinclair, Quad County Hospice Volunteer Coordinator and Marilyn Ohms, a Quad County Volunteer at the July VFW Auxiliary meeting.
In addition to the blankets, the VFW Auxiliary members put together a ”Great American” 4th of July raffle. Included in the raffle was a firepit, gift certificates from Casey’s, Wades Quality Meats, and the Braves for two steak dinners, lottery tickets, beverages and everything someone would need for a 4th of July party. The value of the raffle was estimated at $500.00. The raffle was won by Betty Williams.
The money raised from the raffle will be used for future projects of the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary gives generously to a variety of programs for veterans such as Shelby County Honor Flight, Service Dogs, programs for PTSD and more. The Auxiliary has programs for children with a huge Halloween and Christmas party. The members also volunteer. They prepare food for events at the Post.
For Memorial weekend, they place flags on the graves of deceased Auxiliary members and participate in the Memorial Day Program at Glenwood Cemetery. They offer rides to veterans for doctor’s appointments and give tokens of appreciation at special times of the year like Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Bibles are given to families when an Auxiliary member passes and there is always the Scarecrow Daze Parade.