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Providing Christmas for Our Troops and Communities By Ivy Christoffers

Updated: Jan 31


Pictured above are several dedicated American Legion Auxiliary volunteers packing Christmas care packages to send to our soldiers in Kuwait.

The world is hurling challenge after challenge at us, but our members are still dedicated and resourceful. The units and posts held Christmas drive-bys for their community children in December. Greenbelt Unit 136 and College Park Unit 217 provided wish list items for the Silver Spring Veterans Center to assist in its curbside holiday giveaways, and Glenarden 275 packed 56 care boxes for a command in Kuwait. There were 40 men and 18 women who all received a personal care package containing personal hygiene items, snacks, an oatmeal package, powdered drinks, magazines, puzzle books, and much more. Pastor Kameron Wilks penned a personal letter to each soldier. This was a true legion family event as the unit members, post members, and Sons of the American Legion all participated. Such events took place throughout the state of Maryland. I’m sure all across the United States, but I can only speak for Maryland. Many posted their events on Facebook, Twitter, and other social pages. It was great reading all about them.

Our children were not forgotten as Mr. and Mrs. Claus made appearances across the state, distributing gifts and well wishes wherever their travels took them.

We hope your holidays were enjoyable although I’m sure they were a little strange this year due to the social distancing. I, for one, miss my hugs, my friends, and my family. Please, Lord, let us find a vaccine, if not a cure, for COVID 19, soon. It is especially hard for the elderly and those who live alone who have no one to talk to or interact with. Stay as safe as possible.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to stay up on New Year’s Eve to see this year out, not to see the new year in. I want to be sure 2020 is over and done with. Welcome to 2021.

Keep our troops in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to seek God’s blessing on America.

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