Letters March 7, 2014: Andrews Legion Post 69 Cleanup

  • Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Updated Friday, March 7, 2014 10:20 am

Legion Post 69 Cleanup

On Saturday, March 8, members of Andrews American Legion Post 69 Family will gather at their Post Home at 1067 North Morgan Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to cleanup tree limbs and debris from the recent ice storms.

The event will be a cleanup but also will assist and help our veterans. The public is invited to drop off canned coffee, boxed tea bags, cocoa mix, sweetener, powdered coffee creamer, peanut butter and saltine crackers to be donated to the Voluntary Service at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Items should be new and sealed. The VA Voluntary Service provides refreshments to veterans and visitors in the VA lobby and in patient care waiting areas such as the surgery intensive care unit.

Veterans are most welcomed to come to Post 69 on Saturday to pickup information about veterans benefits and emergency assistance. Honor Flight applications for World War Two veterans will be available. Boy Scouts and NJROTC cadets are welcome to help with the cleanup.

Post 69 Commander Ed Jayroe welcomes any eligible veteran interested in joining The American Legion. Interested veterans should bring a copy of their DD-214 military discharge. Post 69 serves our community, state and nation with veterans rehabilitation and children and youth programs.

Commander Ed Jayroe can be contacted at (843) 325-7740 and Adjutant Greg Bennett can be contacted at (843) 543-4652. Donations can also be mailed to American Legion Post 69, P.O. Box 904, Andrews, SC 29510. Donations go to programs such as Boys State, Operation Comfort Warriors and the Legacy Scholarship Fund.

Greg Bennett, Adjutant

Andrews American Legion Post 69

Andrews

Thanks for supporting Trees for Tomorrow

I would like to thank so many folks that made our second tree planting campaign a resounding success for Trees For Tomorrow – A Lowcountry Legacy. It is truly heartening to experience the support that our communities have provided.

The volunteer Board of Directors – Certified Arborist Todd Stephenson, June Jordan and Linda Ketron provided the backbone of support for my vision.

So many folks who donated funds to purchase our Forestry Commission seedlings provided the necessary financial support.

The schools and HOAs that showed the forethought to prepare tree planting plans helped us to again lead the state as a tree grant recipient.

Two years into our endeavor, we have planted over 5,000 trees in our local urban and not so urban environments. In addition to churches, schools and HOAs, we have sent trees to plantations, hunting clubs, garden clubs, Huntington Beach State Park, Hobcaw Barony, The Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge, Habitat For Humanity and several hundred homeowners.

Last week Todd and I went to Waccamaw Intermediate School and gave an ‘Importance of Trees’ seminar to several classes of Miss Sumlin’s Garden Club students. They assisted us in potting over one hundred red oaks to later sell for a school project. Their school also participated in the tree grant process and received dozens of free trees to plant on school grounds.

Tonight I will be presenting a similar program to Cub Scout Pack 853 which was out in force last weekend (along with many adult volunteers) to help us distribute trees.

I reach out to everyone in the community to please enlighten yourselves by Googling ‘the benefits of trees’. There are several pages offered that will astound you.

The Trees For Tomorrow effort will have to become a year-round endeavor very soon. The Board has agreed to make 2015 “The Year Of The Magnolia”. In addition to committing to a 5,000 tree purchase of magnolias at the Forestry Commission, we plan on ordering other species as well. To do that we will need more Board Members, volunteers, organization and funds. You may learn more and contact us at lowcountrytrees.org.

Thank you again for your support!

Rick Baumann, Founder

Trees For Tomorrow

Murrells Inlet

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