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Legion seeks new blood to support community

Local post donated nearly $32k to charities in 2012

Scott Turner and Kim Pelton are served lasagna by Gary Oliver at the American Legion's Italian Feast Night.

Scott Turner and Kim Pelton are served lasagna by Gary Oliver at the American Legion's Italian Feast Night.

— Bedrosian said some veterans in their 80s and 90s are still very active with the group and volunteer weekly.

But post leaders are now hoping younger generations will see the dedication of those that came before them and join up to help their community. Bedrosian said he believes many who would like to join do not realize they are eligible. Practically anyone who has had a family member or spouse who has served his or her country is qualified to join one of the Legion’s three organizations.

He also said many do not realize the post holds events that are open to the public. Six times a year, members serve up an all-you-can eat breakfast. There are also dinners like Italian Feast Night and other public events, all of which add to the post’s fundraising efforts. Any food left over is donated to local shelters and veterans’ homes.

We want to continue to grow and the more we do, the more events we can put on,” said Bedrosian. “That’s a challenge any organization has is getting people involved. We always need new blood in the organization to keep the machine up.”

The next all-you-can-eat breakfast is Sunday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Post on West Poplar Drive in Delmar. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

“Where else can you go for a price like that and eat your fill with tax and tip included?” said Bedrosian. “And the money gets donated to veterans causes.”

To learn how to join Bethlehem’s Nathaniel Adams Blanchard American Legion Post 1040, visit their website by clicking here.

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