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.
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
Attn: Ukraine Relief Fund
130 Shelton Road
Manchester, TN 37355