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Manson American Legion Post 108 gives $1,000 to support Lake Chelan Manger Mall

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Manson’s American Legion Post 108 presented a $1,000 check to benefit Lake Chelan’s Manger Mall 2017 during Manson’s Veterans Day celebration. (Photo courtesy of Manson Chamber of Commerce)

American Legion Post 108 in Manson enjoyed two events to highlight and honor veterans. They also gave back to the community in a big way by presenting the Lake Chelan Manger Mall with a $1,000 check to help provide holiday gifts to children in the Lake Chelan community.

On Nov. 9, 2017,  the students at Manson High School held a Veterans Day breakfast in the student lounge that was decorated with a patriotic theme. Students and school staff prepared and served pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee and apple juice for fifteen local veterans. Principal Don Vanderholm welcomed everyone and played a video created by students thanking veterans, in their own words. Veterans in attendance were very appreciative of this effort.

Veterans enjoy the annual Veterans Breakfast at Manson High School on Nov. 9, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Norm Manly)

Manson’s American Legion Post held a somber celebration on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017, at 11 a.m. Post Commander Clyde McClullough opened the event highlighting the importance of honoring veterans, never forgetting what they did for our country. Manson High School band teacher Matt Brown led everyone in singing “God Bless America” followed by the Manson band playing patriotic songs.

State Representative Mike Steele was the featured speaker who gave an address about veterans, their importance to our country and the need for the United States to find unity once again, leaving divisiveness in the past. After the ceremony people were invited to stay and enjoy coffee and treats.

American Legion Post 108 Commander Clyde McClullough opened the Manson Veterans Day event highlighting the importance of honoring veterans. (Photo courtesy of Norm Manly)

American Legion Post 108 holds its monthly meeting the first Monday of the month at the Manson Parks office at 7 p.m. At the Nov. 6th meeting, a motion was made, seconded and passed by a unanimous vote to support the Lake Chelan Manger Mall. Prior to the Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 11, Kathi Fedor who represented Chelan Valley Hope accepted a check from the American Legion for $1,000.

Lake Chelan Manger Mall is a program started in 2009 to help struggling families provide a gift for their children at Christmas. The Manger Mall was created to assist these families while helping them maintain their dignity. North Shore Bible Church in Manson will again be the venue for the Manger Mall on Dec. 9, 2017.

Parents check-in and visit to the mall area where hundreds of gifts are on display. Parents pick one gift for each child on their list. They proceed to the checkout line and pay $1 for each gift.

Next, it’s off to the wrapping station where tape, ribbon and Christmas paper is available, along with volunteers willing to assist. Christmas music is played in the background, and coffee, punch and cookies are served to round out a the holiday experience. 

Gift wrappers Judy Shaw and Elmira Forner with young helper Cameron Willoughby. (Photo by Darlene Paterson, provided courtesy of Manson Chamber of Commerce)

If you would like to contribute to the Lake Chelan Manger Mall program, monetary donations can be made to Manger Mall, PO Box 477, Chelan, WA 98816.

They accept new toys and gift cards for girls and boys, ages Infant to 18 years of age ranging from $15-$25. Your gifts can be dropped off at North Shore Bible Church, Chelan Valley Hope or any of the Lake Chelan Manger Mall participating businesses throughout Chelan and Manson. Manger Mall is a part of Chelan Valley Hope Organization (a 501c3), so your donations are tax deductible under federal tax codes.

(By Norm Manly, edited by Christine Eagar)

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