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Auxiliary looks to brighten holiday for vets

12/9/2013

Special to The Hays Daily News

American Legion Auxiliary units across Kansas are providing hundreds of items to fill Christmas stores at the five veterans' facilities within the state.

Veterans residing at the rehabilitation centers, hospitals and homes then are able to shop in the Christmas stores for family, friends or themselves at no cost.

Benefiting from the annual American Legion Auxiliary project are Fort Dodge Soldiers Home; Robert Dole Medical Center, Wichita; Kansas Veterans Home, Winfield; Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical, Fort Leavenworth; and Colmery O'Neil Medical Center, Topeka.

Natoma American Legion Auxiliary No. 109 members have donated clothing, books, movies, toiletries, throws, dolls and music for the Christmas store at Fort Dodge Soldiers Home.

Members of Hays American Legion Auxiliary Unit 173 have given a cash donation of $500 for the Fort Dodge Christmas shop, enabling organizers to purchase additional gifts.

Hays member Stephanie Schumacher volunteered at the Fort Dodge two-day event.

Auxiliary volunteers set up the Christmas store, assist veterans in making selections, wrap the gifts and also mail gifts.

Through "serving others, not self," the American Legion Auxiliary continues to live its motto for God and country.