Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1638 and its Auxiliary will be distributing Buddy Poppies in various locations throughout the city of Merrill. The main drive dates are May 18-27.
Michael Paul, Sr. Vice Commander Post 1638 and Cheryl Paul, Jr. Vice President Post 1638 Auxiliary, state that the proceeds from Buddy Poppy distributions must be used to benefit disabled and needy veterans and the family members and orphans of deceased veterans.
“What better way to help our veterans in the community than by distributing this little flower of remembrance. We encourage everyone in town to stop by the various locations, Dave’s County Market, Piggly Wiggly, Pine Ridge Mobil and only May 25, 26 and 27 at Walmart, and get a Buddy Poppy to help the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” they stated. “We are looking forward to seeing everybody we possibly can and be proud when the donations are counted up and sent out to help the needy. Please help the cause and thank you for your continued support.”
This drive is a lead-in to the Memorial Day remembrance of the fallen.
Mayor Derek Woellner, newly elected, signed a City of Merrill Proclamation, dedicating the week of May 18-27, 2018 as the annual Buddy Poppy Campaign.
Last year’s top distributors were Lloyd “Bud” Schmitz – Post 1638, and Karen Radloff-Auxiliary.
For further information for the Buddy Poppy Campaign, or donations, contact VFW Post Chairman Michael Paul at 715-218-2891 or Cheryl Paul at 715-218-2889.