Community supports vets


To the editor:

Members of the Sidney American Legion – Post 217 would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our community for donating monies during our recent “Gifts for Yanks” kettle drive, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. We are grateful for the tremendous response that enabled us to collect more than $3,000 to help make our veterans that use Ohio’s VA hospitals and veteran’s homes memorable during this Christmas season and all year around. As we stood by our kettles, it was obvious by the outpouring of kind words and the expressions of gratitude that we need to remember our veterans who have served and continue to serve our country. Our community once again displayed tremendous appreciation during this collection and stepped up to provide for our veterans.

We would also like to thank the Walmart Super Center, Kroger’s and Sidney Foodtown for allowing us to set up kettles at their stores, the Peoples Federal Savings and Loan Walmart branch for helping with our collection deposits and the Sidney Daily News for running our article in the paper. We are especially grateful to the Salvation Army, who, once again, wanted to remember our veterans who served to defend our freedoms and allowed us to ring the bell for our fellow comrades during this prime time of their Red Kettle campaign. We pray that our community will continue to bless this local ministry as they serve the needs of families here in Sidney and Shelby County.

If any business or individual would like to make a special gift to remember our Ohio veterans using these VA facilities, they may make their tax-deductible check payable to “Gifts for Yanks.” Send all donations to Gifts for Yanks, Sidney American Legion – Post 217, P.O. Box 297, Sidney, OH 45365.

It was with tremendous pride that the members of the Sidney American Legion Post stood by their kettles during this fundraising event. Once again, the kind words of gratitude for serving our nation filled our hearts. Thank you all for allowing us to remember our comrades with your gifts during this special time of the year.

Rick Lunsford

Gifts for Yanks Chairman

American Legion – Post 217