Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, May 3, 1999

A ton of stamps helps veterans

By Andrea Vargo

Over 2,000 pounds of stamps were collected by American Legion Auxiliary groups in 1998 to benefit Veterans in hospitals and Veterans homes.

Legion Post 145 Auxiliary member Jean Schmidt said the Auxiliary Home Services program provided the volunteers that cut and sorted stamps and coupons (S&H green stamps, Erickson stamps, etc.).

The stamps are collected, cut, sorted, and then sold to a stamp dealer.

In addition to the postage stamps, the dealer accepts duck stamps and picture postcards, said Schmidt.

In 1998, 1820 senior members and 244 junior members of the Auxiliary in Minnesota participated in the stamp project.

That totaled 67,000 hours for senior members and 2,200 hours for junior members to process 2,024 pounds of stamps.

The Auxiliary has purchased pop corn poppers, special awnings for handicap swings, and has provided large print books and magazines, as well as magazine subscriptions for the Veterans Home in Silver Bay.

Each year a different veterans home is chosen to benefit from the Home Services Project.

Anyone may help, said Schmidt. Stamps, coupons, and postcards can be dropped off at Legion Post 145 in Howard Lake.

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