Hackensack American Legion Family consisting of Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion contributed more than $48,000 to veterans, Legion and community programs, children and youth and active military during the past fiscal year.
The Legion Family donated more than $21,000 to veterans programs, memorials and activities, including Veterans on the Lake, St. Cloud, Fergus Falls, Fargo and Minneapolis VA Medical Centers, American Legion Family and Auxiliary Hospital Associations, Armed Forces Service Center, Christmas gifts and baskets and Valentine’s gifts to area veterans. As part of a memorial for Post 202 veterans who have passed away and/or other veterans buried at Hillcrest Cemetery, their names are added to the memorial stone at Hillcrest each year.
More than $10,900 was donated to children and youth. Some donations made were to the Legion Family Children and Youth programs, Hackensack Children’s Halloween party, fishing contest, Sweetheart Days carnival, Cass County Agriculture Association for 4-H State Fair trip, Easter egg hunt and Christmas party. Additional donations were given to W-H-A Special Olympics, W-H-A teachers for school supplies, the summer recreational program, Boys and Girls State, and Legionville Camp. This also included more than $5,270 in scholarships.
The Hackensack area received $14,200 in contributions. This included organizations such as the Hackensack First Responders, firefighters, food shelf, senior center, community center, fireworks, PAMDA, HOWA Family Network, Back to Hack, Cass County Crisis Line and several others.
The Legion Family led the Hackensack Sweetheart Days Parade, provided Memorial Day and Veterans Day programs, and held a flag retirement ceremony. Along with the Hackensack Lions and Chamber of Commerce, the Legion sponsored the National Chainsaw Event. We also sponsored Pork In The Park this summer.
Donations of more than $1,900 were given to support our active duty military and other areas. The Auxiliary unit mailed more than $234,000 worth of coupons to active duty area commissaries and spent over 6,000 hours cutting, packing and shipping these coupons.