Local American Legion post seeking donations to cover costs of 4th of July picnic for veterans

Each year, the American Legion Mayhew-Vincent White Cane Post #266 hosts a 4th of July “picnic in the park” for disabled veterans from the Day Treatment Center at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital as well as for members of Post #266. The picnic includes food, games and live entertainment.
To cover the costs of the event, which is free to the disabled veterans, the post is seeking donations from the public. A donation of $35 will sponsor one disabled veteran, $105 will sponsor three veterans, $175 will sponsor five, and $350 will sponsor 10.
Post #266, which was founded in 1976, is unique in that it is the only American Legion post in the country that was chartered specifically for blind and disabled veterans. Today, only a small portion of the post’s membership is blind, but, with ever increasing cuts to veterans benefits, American Legion posts are relying more on the generosity of others.
“The 4th of July program is only a small part of the work we do year-round,” said Pamela Harris of Post #266. “For the past 33 years, The White Cane Post has helped veterans and their families in times of crisis with financial aid and support. Our members work hard, not only to overcome their own handicaps, but also spend many hours volunteering at the veterans hospital helping other veterans.”
To make a donation, mail a check payable to “American Legion #266” to: P.O. Box 606, Westminster, CA 92684.

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