Letter: American Legion thanks Yarmouth donors

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Post No. 91 of the American Legion in Yarmouth would like to thank all those that made our 2012 Veterans Turkey Drive on Nov. 20 a big success. We started with a tremendous gift from Hannaford Bros. in Yarmouth, and would like to thank store manager Mike Dawes. We received a major contribution from the Royal River Post of the VFW, and numerous members of our post, plus area residents and local church members were very generous. Our previous record three years ago was 70 turkeys and $700 cash and gift cards, and while the 29 turkeys we collected didn’t break the record, the $965 in cash and gift cards shattered the old mark. We made deliveries of turkeys and cash to local food banks in Yarmouth and the new food bank in Cumberland/North Yarmouth, and a large donation to Wayside Rescue Mission in Portland. The best feeling is helping to provide Thanksgiving dinners to many families in need, and second is the joy in giving shown by area residents and veterans. As one of our members said with a smile as he unloaded three 15-pound turkeys from his car, “I’ve been blessed so I want to help three other families.” We hope to be back in action for Thanksgiving 2013 and strive to collect more turkeys and donations for area food banks.

Bert Kendall, commander
Post No. 91