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American Legion Clothing and Food Drive

American Legion Clothing and Food Drive

Community members showed their strong support for veterans when they stopped by the American Legion Post in Edmonds Saturday, Jan. 20 to drop off donations of food and winter clothing.

American Legion Post 66 and VFW post 8870 hosted the event to assist local veterans in need. Through the generosity of those donating, the two veterans’ organizations were able to collect hundreds of items for cold­weather use, including gloves, hats, socks, coats, shirts, pants, sweaters and blankets. They also collected over 300 pounds of food. Cash donations in the amount of $200 were received at the event.

Members of both posts were on hand to receive the donations and thank donors. Also helping was Mary Lancaster, chief of veterans’ outreach for Lynnwood Heroes Cafe. The items will go directly to veterans in need, with distribution arranged by Lynnwood Legion member (& Heroes Cafe Director) Gary Walderman.

Anything remaining after distribution will go to local food banks and shelters in need.

American Legion Clothing and Food Drive
Edmonds American Legion Post 66 Vice Commander Gary Walderman accepts one of the many donations the collected at the Jan. 20 food and clothing drive (Photo by Mark Bjorndal, MyEdmondsNews)

To make the event even more special, Jessica Dietsch of Project Serve Outreach graciously offered her mobile hot beverage service to provide coffee and cocoa to warm post members, and visitors who stopped by to drop off their items.

One of the donors traveled all the way from Mercer Island to bring clothing and food. “My wife used to live in Edmonds, and she wanted to contribute to this cause. It was worth the drive to help out,” he said.

Post 66 Commander Dan Mullene also noted that most of the people dropping off items said that they had heard of it through the My Neighborhood News Network, which includes online publications My Edmonds News, Lynnwood Today and MLTnews. “We appreciate the great support that Teresa Wippel and the My Neighborhood News Network offers in helping us promote our veteran-oriented events,” he said.

Legion and VFW leadership plan to move forward with further joint activities, to build on the success of this event. Well done!

American Legion Clothing and Food Drive
American Legion Clothing and Food Drive

Heroes’ Cafe

Heroes' Cafe

We haven’t mentioned Heroes’ Cafe in these pages recently and the new year is a good time to remind everyone of this ongoing regular event for veterans. Heroes’ Cafe is a gathering of Veterans focused on outreach, interaction and welfare of the members of our Veterans community. It is held on the last Tuesday of the month at the New Life Church, 6519 188th, St SW, Lynnwood. Doors are opened at 9:00am, coffee and pastries are free. Lunch is served at 11 :00am and is also without charge. If you have an open schedule on a Tuesday morning, stop by and enjoy some comradeship with fellow veterans.

“Team Mojo” Presents Check to Heroes’ Cafe 

“Team Mojo” Presents Check to Heroes’ Cafe
Edmonds-Woodway High School Senior Moses Martin and his dad and granddad, present a check for $9,999.99 (a nod to Moses’s football number) to Heroes Cafe! 

Edmonds-Woodway High School senior and defensive linebacker Moses “Mojo” Martin is combining his respect for war veterans and his passion for football into a creative fundraiser aimed at supporting the Heroes’ Cafe. 

The Heroes’ Cafe provides a place where veterans can share common experiences and open up and get things off their chests in a safe environment. By doing so, the cafe addresses the sense of isolation many veterans feel and ease their transition from active duty back to society. 

“I really love our veterans,” explained Martin. “I learned about them growing up, and feel they are underappreciated and underloved for what they do. Sadly, many of our hero veterans are not thriving and are struggling with homelessness, hunger, mental health, suicide risks, and basic living needs. So I contacted Snohomish County to ask how I could help.” 

That’s where he learned about the Heroes’ Café, and after a bit of thought and discussion with his dad, came up with a plan to link his performance on the field to raising funds to support this effort. 

“Dad and I came up with the idea to allow people to pledge a certain amount per tackle or sack, with every cent going to the Heroes’ Café,” he explained. “I’m eager to get out there this season and ring up a good string of tackles and quarterback sacks, and this will give me even more motivation. Heck, if just one person pledges a dollar for each and I complete a hundred by season end, that’s a hundred bucks for the Heroes’ Café.” He had a terrific season and ended it by donating far more than $ 100.00 to Heroes’ Cafe! 

Heroes Cafe

Gary Walderman reports that the Heroes Cafe will have several veteran-centric, separate and distinct happenings in September and they are looking for your assistance and/or participation. 

By the time this newsletter is published, the first event on Sept. 11, observing the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will have passed. Hopefully, you will all have had an opportunity to participate in this, or some other 9/11 event 

  • Tuesday, Sept. 14. Heroes Cafe Shoreline takes place at the Shoreline Scottish Rites Masonic Center, 1207 N 152nd. St in shoreline, from 1000-1300 hours. 
  • Saturday, Sept 18, Veterans and Community Resource Fair at the Heroes Cafe Lynnwood location, 6519 188th St. SW, Lynnwood, 1100-1400. The event will identify available resources for Snohomosh county residents. There will also be a pinning ceremony where veterans will be honored and celebrated for their service to our country. Volunteers are need to help with set-up, traffic control, etc. with set-up to begin at 1000 hours. 
  • Tuesday, Sept 28. Heroes Cafe, Lynnwood, 0830-1300, at the church at 6519 188th St. SW.