The American Legion men and Auxiliary met May 20 at the Legion Building. They talked about the thing that they had accomplished in the past month and what was coming up. First the Auxiliary had sent out plates of goodies to all the schools in Cherokee in April to show our appreciation of the hard work they do.
Their Commander, David Brown, had gone to the awards night at the school and gave our $500 scholarship and a Merit award to two graduating seniors.
They also donated $80 to the Sioux Falls Veterans Hospital for them to buy helmets for the homeless vets to ride bikes.
They also made 10 gift bags full of things children would like to take to Sioux Falls Hospital to give out to children that are accompanying their parent or to give to the Hospice Unit for the children that are visiting a family member.
They had their Poppy Day in Cherokee on Saturday, May 17. And thanks to the good will of so many people their Veterans Emergency fund was replenished. They acknowledged a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered and especially to those that gave with their hearts for such a good program.
They still continue to work on having bingo in Cherokee the first Saturday of every month. Their crowds are small but hopefully it will grow so they can continue.
They held their yearly Pancake breakfast May 25 at the Legion Hall. This supports so many of our programs and we were grateful for the families that came and supported them. They would like to give a thank you to HyVee and Tysons for their help.
One of their Auxiliary members donated an afghan to be raffled off during the next year. This will really help them with their projects, such as operation Military Kids and Veterans appreciation.
The American Legion is also having a raffle for a 42-inch HD TV that will be raffled off and given away the last day of this year's Cherokee County fair. The proceeds will help with all of their projects.
They are always looking for new members so if interested or have any questions, call Claudia Brown at 712/225-3449.