Letter to the Editor
National Volunteer Week was first established by the Presidential Proclamation 4288 and signed by Richard Nixon in 1974 and is issued by the current president each year. This year National Volunteer Week is celebrated from April 15-21st. The theme for 2018 is “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering.”
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and commend the members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 64 of Slayton. First and foremost our focus as members of the Auxiliary is to support our Veterans through our projects and programs. Our Unit visits Veterans in the local nursing homes or assists them in their home whenever needed. Each year the Unit travels to the Minnesota VA Home in Luverne to call bingo and serve refreshments.
The members of Unit 64 devote their time to numerous programs throughout the community. Our members are involved in Meals on Wheels, Food Shelf and Senior Dining. Many of the members spend a large portion of the year quilting for the less fortunate or working with Hospice. Several members assist the elderly with shopping, running errands or spending time with them on a weekly basis.
Our Unit supports Girls State and a number of programs at school. For American Education Week the teachers and staff are recognized for their dedication and support of the youth in our community.
Before Memorial Day the members will be found putting flags on Veterans and Auxiliary members graves or placing over 200 silk floral bouquets on forgotten graves in area cemeteries.
During the holiday season support is given to Toys for Tots and two members will visit the nursing homes delivering containers of candy and stuffed animals to the residents. They will also deliver fruit and cookies to numerous members of the community
I have only touched on a few of the programs of Erwin March Unit 64. It is because of their dedication and support not only of our Veterans but the community that as the Unit President I want to say thank you and congratulations on a job well done.
President, Unit 64