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College Park Unit 217 American Legion Auxiliary Is Big on Community Service By Ivy Christoffers

Updated: Mar 28, 2021

In these troubling days, it is more important than ever that we pull together when a need arises. To this extent, College Park Unit #217 has continuously answered the call. Since July 1 of 2020, a member of the unit has been delivering food to needy families every Saturday. She rises a 6 am and leaves home by 6:30 am, drives to McDonalds, purchases a sausage biscuit and a senior decaf coffee, then drives to the food distribution point and is in line by 7 am. The food distribution begins at 9:30 am. The back seat of her car if filled with boxes of produce, fruit, dairy, and meats. She then begins her rounds to the several grateful families to deliver the foodstuff. This woman is 85 years old. As she says: “I cannot do much, but what I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.”

On other community needs, the unit has stepped up to offer financial assistance to the Reynosa Family who resided on Montgomery Road but suffered a fatal fire on New Year’s Day. Also, hearing of a family known to the members of unit #217, whose family were all suffering from COVID-19, our hearts were all touched to offer our financial support to this family. Greenbelt Unit #136 also assisted in helping these families. We also donated to the comfort and wellbeing of the National Guard deployed to protect our Nations’ Capitol. Greenbelt helped here as well. I am very proud of College Park Unit #217 and their continuing community service.

I must report that our post home is again closed, following Gov. Hogan’s orders, just to be as safe as possible during the sudden rise in the pandemic. Let us pray that the ban will be lifted soon and we can once again meet and greet our friends.

Keep our country in your prayers as well as our troops who are serving around the world. May God bless you and the United States of America.

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