Thursday, May 23, 2013
Volunteers from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Blackburn-Aurora Post 3348, will be posted at area grocery stores on Friday and Saturday, May 24-25, 2013, selling Buddy Poppies to support programs for veterans.
Post Commander Carl Christophersen says, "The proceeds from our Buddy Poppy events are used to support disabled and/or homeless veterans --- these proceeds are a source for our donations to the various local veteran support organizations e.g. Compass Centers Shoreline (Compass Housing Alliance), USO, Fisher House, Veteran’s Homes in WA State --- Orting (near Olympia) and Retsil (near Post Orchard), and others."
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) was founded in 1899 -- it is the first and oldest major veteran’s organization in the USA.
"During our Buddy Poppy events, VFW members meet mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, etc. who are related to current and/or former U.S. military personnel, who appreciate a chance to get a Buddy Poppy to wear in honor of veterans on Memorial Day."
Volunteers will be selling poppies from 10am to 6pm at these locations:
- Central Market (N 155th and Aurora)
- QFC (NE 145th St. and 15th Ave NE)
They will also be at the Lake City Fred Meyer and the Northgate QFC.