Gifts for veterans given by Legion auxiliary

A Christmas gift was given to veterans living at Coon Rapids’ two nursing homes by the Coon Rapids American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Dec. 24.

Harlan Fuchs served three years in U.S. Marines in the 1950s, including a nine-month tour of duty in Korea during the war. Now a resident of Camilia Rose Care Center, Coon Rapids, Fuchs was presented with a Christmas gift Dec. 24 by Coon Rapids American Legion Auxiliary members Arlene Wilson (left) and Lavonne Hayes (right).

Harlan Fuchs served three years in U.S. Marines in the 1950s, including a nine-month tour of duty in Korea during the war. Now a resident of Camilia Rose Care Center, Coon Rapids, Fuchs was presented with a Christmas gift Dec. 24 by Coon Rapids American Legion Auxiliary members Arlene Wilson (left) and Lavonne Hayes (right).

Arlene Wilson, an auxiliary member for 49 years, and Lavonne Hayes, a member of the auxiliary for 33 years, presented a shirt to the male veterans and a zip-up sweatshirt to female veterans at Camilia Rose Care Center and Park River Estates Care Center.

This Christmas Eve visit bearing a gift for veterans has been a long-standing Christmas tradition of the Legion auxiliary, according to Wilson.

Wilson has been spearheading the project the past 14 years and Joyce Scharpen chaired the program for 13 years before that, she said.

She purchased the gifts while the Legion auxiliary paid for them, Wilson said.

Christmas cards were included with each gift box and cards were also given to veterans attending the Camilia Club adult day care program on Christmas Eve.

At Camilia Rose, there were seven veterans recognized, five men and two women, while at Park River there were 11 veterans, 10 men and one woman.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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