November 27, 2013 | Vol.53 N.47

Local American Legion thanks community

Dear Editor,

On Saturday, November 9 American Legion Post 181 and Auxiliary Unit 181 volunteers distributed over four thousand bright red crepe paper poppies to the greater Lake Stevens community.

Poppies are distributed at Memorial Day and Veterans Day to remember the sacrifice of service made by our veterans.

On behalf of the American Legion members and the American Legion Auxiliary members, we would like to thank you, the people of Lake Stevens, for your very generous donations and support. Your wonderful response was very heartwarming.

We would also like to thank the following businesses who allowed us to solicit donations near their entryways: Jay’s Market, Buzz Inn, Norm’s Market, Tom Thumb, Wal-Mart, Albertson’s, and Haggan Food.

We buy these poppies from disabled veterans. They earn a small wage as they participate in the therapeutic physical and mental activities required to make these flowers. We then give them away to remind people about Memorial Day and that there are people who are temporarily or permanently disabled because of the call of duty by their country.

We collect donations, and then we use 100 percent of these donations exclusively to assist and support veterans, their families, and veterans’ programs in Lake Stevens, Snohomish County and Washington State.

An Act of Congress established The American Legion in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization devoted to helping veterans. It is a not-for-profit community-service organization, which now numbers nearly 2.5 million members, men and women, in nearly 14,000 American Legion posts worldwide.

The American Legion Post 181 of Lake Stevens, Washington, is a 501(c)(19) tax-exempt not-for-profit community-service organization. Your donation is applicable for IRS tax credit. Our tax-exempt number is 91-6054149. Please consult with your accountant or tax advisor to verify the tax-deductible amount of your donation.

Again, thanks to so many in this wonderful community for your donations on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Vern Rasmussen

Post 181 Adjutant

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