On Aug. 18, Lois “Flo” Hendrickson, commander of American Legion Post 1992, tasked the executive committee with assisting Louisiana flood victims.
And with very little notice, and on an extremely busy weekend for the post, the legion teamed up with local merchants and fire departments to do their share.
The Family Dollar stores in Gautier and Vancleave posted boxes for customers to fill, and the American Legion post was designated as a drop-off point. Cleaning gear, canned goods, underwear, disposable diapers and other items were collected over the weekend.
On Aug. 22, two pickups crammed with much-needed consumables were unloaded at the Ocean Springs Fire Department’s central building. Firemen Michael Williams and George Wilkins helped unload the trucks, and now the donations from the community will be carried to the flood-ravaged areas of Louisiana by fire department volunteers.
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The Gautier-Vancleave American Legion Post 1992 would like thank the businesses and legion members who contributed to the donation drive, but we want to offer a special thanks to the customers of those stores for their generosity and support.