Inside Townhall: Legion donates to local charities

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 American Legion Post 239 financial secretary Robert Smith and Post 239 Sgt. at Arms Dennis DeSalvo, center, both also members of the Knights of Columbus in Atlantic City, present a $500 check to Brandon Gery, left, and Sarah Garrod, outreach workers for the Diocese of Camden’s Catholic Charities. American Legion Post 239 financial secretary Robert Smith and Post 239 Sgt. at Arms Dennis DeSalvo, center, both also members of the Knights of Columbus in Atlantic City, present a $500 check to Brandon Gery, left, and Sarah Garrod, outreach workers for the Diocese of Camden’s Catholic Charities.

TUCKAHOE – American Legion Aaron Wittkamp Colwell Post 239 in Tuckahoe recently presented a $500 check to the Ready, Vet, Go program of the Diocese of Camden’s Catholic Charities.

The check was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus fourth degree Rev. Dr. John T. Sheehan Asm 662 in Atlantic City.

The Tuckahoe post also presented a $250 check to the veterans program of the Camden Diocese.

The Ready, Vets, Go program assists low income, homeless veterans or those facing possible eviction from a rental property. It also provides help with security deposits, monthly rental payments, utility deposits and payments for transportation such as bus vouchers.

“You would be amazed at the number of veterans who gave their services to our country and need financial help, including the number of homeless vets in Atlantic, Gloucester, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties,” said Sarah Garrod, an outreach worker for Catholic Charities of Camden. “It’s very sad.”

Outreach worker Brandon Gery thanked Tuckahoe Post 239 Cmdr. Hermon Scheiben and Knight of Columbus and American Legion Sgt. at Arms Dennis DeSalvo for their efforts.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Ready, Vets, Go program of the Diocese of Camden can contact Gery at 856-701-7633 or Garrod at 856-701-4746.

American Legion Post 239 sponsors a number of youth and charity programs throughout the year. It recently spearheaded a fundraising drive for a van for disabled veterans home in Vineland.

The post encourages all veterans of all services to join the local legion in their efforts and the many benefits it offers.

Tuckahoe Post 239 Cmdr. Hermon Scheiben presents a $250 check to Sarah Garrod, with Dennis DeSalvo and Brandon Gery. Tuckahoe Post 239 Cmdr. Hermon Scheiben presents a $250 check to Sarah Garrod, with Dennis DeSalvo and Brandon Gery.


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