PRINCETON — American Legion Auxiliary Unit 125 in Princeton held meetings in November and December.
In November, the group filled 35 bags for the veterans in four of Bureau County’s nursing homes. The bags were filled with fruit, candy, homemade cookies or cupcakes, and other edible snacked based on the veteran’s prescribed diet.
In December, the bags are special due to Christmas. The bags were filled with personal items, toothpaste and tooth brushes (donated by Timothy Puhr, DDS) this year. Other articles include white socks, dental floss, mouth wash, deodorant and other toiletry items. Also included were Christmas cards that the veterans could send to their families and friends, puzzle books, pens and pencils. Candies, fruit and other treats such as cookies and cakes were included. Somethings special called Gifts for Yanks (a program through the Veterans Association) included jogging suits jackets, sweaters and bags. The veterans pick their preferred articles before the Christmas season.
Another community project was conducted through Freedom House and the pantry. Freedom House provided one family (single mom, two toddlers and one infant) who needed help with basic needs and, of course, Christmas toys for the kids. The Auxiliary was able to furnish all of their needs and wishes.
The group did not attempt to collect toys in various stores, which have helped so much in the past, allowing them to give large amounts of toys to the pantry. Thanks to Scott Bickett and the Lions Club, the group did collect seven large garbage bags to the pantry.