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Mark Your Calendar for These Up-coming Events

March 25, 9 AM -4 PM Veterans Free Dentistry Day
16150 NE 85th St., Ste 126, Redmond

All eligible participants will receive a free cleaning, filling or extraction
Appointments recommended, walk-ins welcome. Call425-882-6699 to schedule.
Proof of veteran status required, DD214, Vet ID, discharge, etc.

March 27, 4-7 PM. VFW District 1 recruiting event:
Lynnwood Regional Job Fair on March 27, 4-7 p.m., Edmonds College Seaview Gym
Volunteers needed to represen our Post. See Commander Bowman, or Carl Kufess.

May 23, Edmonds College Memorial Day Observance. 11 :00 AM, Black Box Theater

May 24 -25 10 AM – 6 PM Memorial Day Buddy Poppy Distribution
Sign up at the Post meeting in March or April at your preferred location of Edmonds QFC Westgate, Mukilteo Speedway QFC, or Town & Country at Mill Creek. You don’t want to miss this fun and valuable semiannual event, which funds our Relief Committee.

May 26, 9AM Hero’s Cafe. Coffee & pastries, lunch at 11AM. Hero’s Cafe 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 free.

Memorial Day “Buddy Poppy” Distribution 

On Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, veterans of both VFW Post 8870 and American Legion Post 66 handed out “Buddy Poppies” at three store locations; QFC in Edmonds, QFC Mukilteo and Town & Country Market in Mill Creek. 

In spite of the help of some family members and others, we were unable to muster sufficient personnel to staff the fourth and fifth stores we have worked in the past. In spite of this reduction in manpower and reaching fewer stores, we had an excellent weekend of fund raising, bringing in a total of $14,091.16 to bolster our Relief Fund. While this number is considerably short of our record highs of the past, (over $18,000 for Veterans Day 2019) it is still satisfying to be able to get back out there after these past two years of Covid restrictions. 

The public was most welcoming, offering profuse thanks for our service and recognizing the sacrifice of our comrades who never made it home. 

For those of you who were unable to help at the stores: An anonymous donor has offered to match up to $1,500.00 in Relief Fund donations from members in lieu of such participation. If you would like to participate in that offer, which we hope would raise an additional $3,000.00, send your check to the Post PO Box, or go on the donation page of the website. Be sure to note on your check, or online donation, that it is for the Relief Fund matching program. The below is a chart of the weekend results by store. 

Memorial Day Poppy Revenues by Location

Memorial Day Buddy Poppy Distribution