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Local VFW raises over $4,000 for Ukraine; more donations welcome

On March 11th, Manchester’s Veterans of Foreign Wars All-American Post 10904
hosted a fundraiser dinner to benefit relief efforts in Ukraine. At least
117 people filled the Coffee County Veterans Building to capacity.

A fundraiser dinner was served, followed by a discussion of current events
in Ukraine led by Commander Kimberly King; VFW Auxiliary President David
King; and VFW Post Judge Advocate Claude Morse. Special effort was made to
help children in attendance understand current events. and what freedom
means.

Linda Salerno of Nashville donated a specially made quilt, designed with
Ukrainian flag colors and patriotic star in the center. It was raffled at
the event, yielding $2,577 in donations. Ukraine support buttons were
donated by Becki Louden, and specially-made cupcakes were designed for the
event by Christie Conlee.

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The event ended with a prayer service led by VFW Post Service Officer and
American Legion Post 78 Chaplain Tom Hewell; and VFW Post Chaplain Hans
Hooker.

Combined. the raffle and dinner raised $4,021, all of which will be sent
directly to Samaritan’s Purse. The charity is currently in several
countries, distributing medical supplies, food, and other necessities to
Ukrainian refugees.

VFW Post 10904 will continue accepting donations with the goal of raising
$5,000. Relief funds are urgently needed, however, so funds will be sent at
the end of this week. Donations can be made by mailing check or money order
to:

VFW Post 10904

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Attn: Ukraine Relief Fund

130 Shelton Road

Manchester, TN  37355

For more information, contact Commander Kimberly King for more information
at (251) 554-8836.

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