‘Gifts for Yanks’ makes difference for vets

Published 10:54 am Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Members of the American Legion Post 433 of Ironton have joined with hundreds of other American Legion Posts in Ohio to help make this Christmas memorable for hospitalized veterans.

They are doing — and have done — it by collecting funds for the annual American Legion of Ohio. “Gifts For The Yanks Who Gave” program.

This is the 63rd consecutive year the Ohio American Legion is pooling funds from Posts for gifts and activities benefiting veterans in Ohio state hospitals, VA medical centers, outpatient clinics, and the Ohio veterans’ homes at Sandusky and Georgetown.

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The program’s name is the same as the one initiated by comedian Eddie Cantor during World War II.

“This effort is not limited to members of the Legion,” stated Commander Lou Dimmerman. “We welcome contributions from individuals and business establishments to help finance the state-wide program annually costing nearly $400,000.”

Checks may be made payable to “Gifts For Yanks ” and sent to me at:

American Legion Post 433, P.O. Box 443, Ironton, OH 45638.

In addition to distributing individual gifts to veteran patients, the Ohio American Legion is also contributing to each of the five gift shops operated at the VA hospitals, whereby patients may select gifts to send to their families, and nearly $20,000 for the purchase of canteen books for VA patients.

Televisions, radios, and other electronic equipment for the VA hospitals and Ohio Veterans’ homes are also being provided again this year from the program’s fund.

The fund will also spend more than $100,000 on other than Christmas activities for VA and state hospital patients, as well as provide year around recreation opportunities.

Bill Jordan


American Legion Post 433