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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Holiday Gifts

Melinda Davis

“Let’s Craft an Awesome Gift Shop for our Veterans this year”

The Department of Illinois has 10 facilities that take part in the Holiday Gift Shop. This year 8 were able to participate and 2 had to cancel due to Covid restrictions (Marion and Jesse Brown).

I ordered 799 Walmart cards, 467 Target cards, and 67 McDonalds cards for a total of 1333 $10.00 gift cards.
Twp facilities had some cards left from last year which they used, and 290 cards have been or will be returned so we were able to serve approximately 1115 Veterans through the Gift Shop.

The Easter Program is underway. Today March 18 is the deadline for turning in the requests, however history shows that I will be still receiving requests right up to Easter and beyond.

There are two Holidays in which the Holiday Gift Chairman of the American Legion Auxiliary provides financial support through the Department Office, to Veterans. They are the Holiday Gift Shops for the Veterans confined to V. A. facilities (The purpose of the Gift cards is for the Veteran to have a gift to give His or Her loved ones for the Holiday. They are not for the personal use of the Veteran. The Veteran will be remembered with a gift through the Gift for Yanks Program. The Veteran is allowed one Gift Card for their Spouse and one for each child living at home under the age of 18. If there is no living Spouse or children, the Veteran is allowed one Gift Card to give to a parent or representative), and at Easter, a card and $5.00 to Veterans in all facilities throughout the State. The Gift Shops will observe all covid restrictions in place at that time including cancellation if necessary.

Holiday Gift Shop Dates- 2021:
Illinois Veterans Home Anna December 1, 2021 9:30 A M.
Marion VA Medical Center December 7, 2021 9:30 A.M.
Illinois Veterans Home- LaSalle To Be Announced
Hines V A Hospital November 25, 2021 8:00 A.M.
Illiana VA- Danville December 7, 2021 9:00 A.M.
Illinois veterans Home-Manteno December 1, 2021 9:00 A.M.
Illinois Veterans Home-Quincy December 1, 2021 9:30 A.M.
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Dec.2 or Dec. 9 9:00 A.M.
James A Lovell Federal HCC November 20, 2021