I am writing this letter to ask for your help. I’m sure you are thinking, “Oh boy, another one begging and it’s Christmas time.”

I know times are tough, but I feel this is a good cause. Please read on.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1751 of Victoria has had the misfortune of having to put in a new air conditioning unit, and yes, it doesn’t have to be used now. However, in the summer, it will be used and the cost was more than $14,000.

The building is a real asset to Victoria for VFW meetings, funeral dinners, school functions, and since the Knights of Columbus building is now a thrift store, the Knights of Columbus also use the VFW building for fish fries and Daughters of Isabella for their bake sales.

All organizations have to earn money to fund their various programs.

The VFW and its auxiliary meet each month and have various ways to earn money for the many programs for veterans, youth and community, and they always are willing to be honor guard for any service men or women who have served in the military and donate a flag to the families and also place flags in the cemeteries on Memorial Day and honor all veterans on Veterans Day.

The VFW at Victoria has been a vital organization and building in Victoria for well more than 60 years. Many older veterans are passing away, and many young men and women are now serving in many parts of the world even today. The VFW organizations still need new members and will always be needed to help returning service men and women in various ways at VA hospitals, etc.

Please think about joining the VFW, and now I ask you to help with any amount of money you can donate for the VFW air conditioner unit cost. We need to keep the building open and comfortable to use by the community it depends on. Small amounts add up, too. Thank you. Please send your money to VFW 1751 Quartermaster Harland Rupp, P.O. Box 23, Victoria, KS 67671.

I’m a life member of VFW Auxiliary 175 and a proud sister of two brothers who were in the service and belonged to the organization who also are now deceased.

Thank you to those of you who have donated already, but we are not quite done to pay the total cost.

Mary Mermis,