VFW kicks off Buddy Poppy Days

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike and VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Lois Hall (front row, third and fourth from left, respectively) and members of Huntington Post 2689 were on hand recently for the kickoff of the 2009 Buddy Poppy Campaign.
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The Huntington North High School varsity cheerleaders helped Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 kick off its 2009 Buddy Poppy Campaign on April 14, with Huntington Mayor Steve Updike signing a proclamation declaring May as Buddy Poppy Month in Huntington.

The poppies will be available at roadblocks on Saturday, April 25, and at area stores on Saturday, May 2. Poppies are given out in return for a donation.

The money donated during the Buddy Poppy Campaign is funneled through the local VFW post and given directly to local disabled veterans in need, says Bruce Stanton, co-chairman of this year's Buddy Poppy Campaign. The money could be used to transport disabled veterans to hospitals, sponsor parties for hospitalized veterans, or help veterans' families with financial needs, Stanton explains.

Members of the VFW Post will be collecting donations and distributing poppies at roadblocks at MacGahan and Jefferson streets and at Etna Avenue and Jefferson Street on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Saturday, May 2, members of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the HNHS cheerleaders will be stationed at the entrances of Wal-Mart, Kmart, Walgreens, Owen's North and South and Marsh, handing out poppies in return for donations.