LOCAL AUXILIARY UNIT 109 WINS AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE(1)

  • INDIANAPOLIS—8/30/12—American Legion Auxiliary Banner Unit 109 in Angier, N. Carolina, was one of only five units to receive the National President’s Award for Excellence from American Legion Auxiliary National President Kris Nelson. Awards were presented Aug. 30 at the American Legion Auxiliary’s 92nd National Convention in Indianapolis.

    The National President’s Award for Excellence is presented annually to American Legion Auxiliary units that represent the “best of the best” in planning and implementation of the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission. Recipients are selected based on applications that address the unit’s achievements in Auxiliary national goals and objectives in at least three Auxiliary programs.

    Unit 109 spent this past year giving special emphasis to homeless veterans:

    • The unit’s “Bucket and Broom Bridgade” teamed up with the Homeless Veterans program at the Fayetteville VA and donated buckets, mops, comfort items and furnishings for transitioning veterans.
    • They sponsored a homeless female veteran and single mom transitioning into temporary HUD-hash housing for Operation Mattress Firm.
    • The unit donated comfort items, Buddy Baskets, and other needed supplies to the homeless veterans’ program at the Fayetteville VA.
    • Donated mattresses, bed, gas cards, grocery gift cards, holiday presents and a computer to the OIF/OEF/OND Transition Program.
    • Sponsored a Youth Volunteer picnic at the Fayetteville VA.
    • Served 1,243 volunteer hours at the VA.
    • Donated school supplies to the “Veterans in the Classroom” program dedicated to providing education opportunities to our veterans when they return home.
    • Made more than 100 yellow bows and displayed them around town.
    • Volunteered at the Operation Homefront tent at the Military Appreciation Day.
    • Held a Gold Star Ceremony and presented 19 Gold Star Banners to moms at the Children of Fallen Soldiers Event as well as presented eight Blue Star Banners.
    • Held a Pocket Flag folding class for 300 and presented a Flag History Seminar for attendees.
    • Cooked the celebratory meal for the JROTC Military Ball.
    • In total, Banner Unit 109 volunteered nearly 2000 hours and raised more than $32,000 for veteran and military projects.

    Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. With a membership of nearly 800,000, local American Legion Auxiliary units have a strong presence in more than 9,000 communities nationwide. The American Legion Auxiliary’s mission to serve veterans, the military and their families is carried out through its hundreds of outreach programs delivered by its members, volunteers and National Headquarters.

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