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Junior Auxiliary members create Valentine wishes for veterans
Here are some Senior Auxiliary members who assisted the girls with their special Valentine's project. Seated left to right: Martha Bridges and Remine Moss. Standing: Patsy Rountree, Denise Smith, Emily Rountree and Linda Quinlan.

Shelby American Legion Auxiliary Unit 82 Junior members recently gathered to create some special Valentine cards for veterans.
Led by Emily Rountree, the Unit's Junior Activities Chairman, and her mother, Patsy Rountree, a retired Cleveland County teacher, six young ladies spent this past Saturday morning with colorful paper, beads, glue guns, markers, and plenty of heart-shaped stickers to fashion dozens of Valentine cards. The cards will be distributed to Shelby's American Legion Post 82 members at their upcoming February meeting, and additional cards will be distributed to hospitalized veterans at several facilities in western North Carolina.
Senior Auxiliary members were on hand to assist the young ladies with this project. The girls, ages 6-12, enjoy making crafts, greeting cards, and patriotic items for veterans throughout the year, and especially at the holidays. The Unit 82 Junior members are a small, but active group, who like to participate in parades alongside Shelby's Legionnaires and Auxiliary members, occasionally visit hospitalized veterans, and participated in a recent Christmas community activity where they assembled bags of personal care items for Helping Hands Mission. They also help to distribute poppies on Memorial Day, help with food drives, and enjoy learning about flag etiquette.
The American Legion in Shelby will soon be celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Legion organization and plans to host an Open House for the general public on March 17, 2019. (More information forthcoming.) The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest women's patriotic organization in the world and boasts a membership of nearly 800,000. The organization encourages young women to lead the way in continuing its legacy of serving veterans, the military and their families, and their local communities.
For additional information, go to http://www.ALAforVeterans.org, or contact Unit 82 President, Linda Quinlan, 704-406-9760.
Submitted by Linda Quinlan

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