Woodburn Independent letter to the editor
When Verna Teel called me Friday morning and asked me to meet her at Carl's Jr., she said, "I've got the check! Can you come down and get it?"
She had just met with Carl's Jr. regional manager Rebecca at the Highway 214 location where Aurora Unit #110, American Legion Auxiliary had "eaten" its way into fundraising on Nov. 8 just before Veterans Day.
This is the second time in 2018 that Teel has worked to chair community service, through Carl's Jr., to bring focus on an American service project for our country's protectors. Teel had arranged a specific day and three-hour time slot during which the drive-in's proceeds would contribute to the programs which Aurora's ALA supports for veterans and families. What is required of Aurora members is clearing a table, perhaps delivering an order and sometimes sweeping up afterward, and enjoying the decorations added just for us! Meanwhile, it's an additional chance to visit with the patrons and chat about family members who may have served in the military. Next year, 2019, the Aurora Auxiliary members are invited back to Carl's Jr.!
But wait, did you visit Bi-Mart, across the highway, on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 or Monday holiday, Nov. 12? If not, you missed your chance to pick up and wear a red, paper poppy in remembrance of the United States' military veterans and heroes. More often, the poppies are distributed near Memorial Day, but this time because a weekend was devoted to Veterans Day, Poppy Chairman Vie Anderson received charity from Bi-Mart for unit members to sit and distribute those memorable flowers.
Many thanks to our local businesses for "carrying the torch" in honor of our servicemen and women, as well as customers helping to "fill up the jar" with paper and coins!
MaryLou Burke, PR Chair
Aurora Unit #110, American Legion Auxiliary