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VFW seeks donations for Christmas Food Baskets

Oregon VFW post 8739 will once again be assembling and delivering food baskets for Christmas to families and individuals who are in need in the Oregon area.

“This has been a tough year for everyone with the COVID-19 which has led to lost jobs and sick families,” said VFW Commander Bob Coulter. “We are asking those who donate to this purpose to please be generous this year.”

Coulter said the Post normally provides at least 120 baskets.

“We feel the number will be much larger this year,” he said. “We want to send a heartfelt thanks to those who donate. It truly makes people happy.”

Families or individuals in need must call the VFW Post (815-732-6851) between 3 and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Each individual or family representative must call for themselves.

“Even if you have called in the past, you need to call this year to update your information and make sure you are on the list,” Coulter said. “We will only ask for your address, phone number and the number of people living in your household. Please do not call on Fridays as our phone and people are busy with other work.”

An adult must be home on Dec. 19 to receive the basket. Deliveries will start around 8:30 a.m. and should conclude by noon.

“We will start taking phone calls on Nov. 16,” Coulter said. “We ask you to please be patient. We know this important.”

The VFW Post is also seeking volunteers to help deliver the baskets. Call 815-732-6851 to volunteer.

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