Edmonds American Legion Post 66 was filled to overflowing with food and clothing donated by local community members at the Drive held by the post on January 20th, 2024, to collect items for veterans in need. (Photo by Dan Mullene)


Edmonds, Washington Legion Post 66 Successful Food & Clothing Drive Helping Local Vets in Need

Edmonds, WA

American Legion Post 66 in Edmonds, Washington, got a chance to assist local veterans in need by collecting winter clothing and food for their Food and Clothing Drive on January 20, 2024.

Vice Commander Gary Walderman met a veteran at the post hall, located in downtown Edmonds, where he was able to provide food, clothes, shoes, a warm coat and a personal care package. Walderman also supplied the veteran with two nights of hotel lodging and gas cards, courtesy of the Lynnwood, Washington Heroes’ Café, of which Walderman is the director, in addition to being a member of American Legion Post 66.

All of it came from the post’s donations, which included over $500 in cash, over 200 pounds of food and several hundred items of cold weather clothing and gear, all provided by residents of the greater South Snohomish County area.

Drawing from those same resources, Walderman said that they were also able to provide food, coats, gloves, hats, sweatshirts and shoes to five more veterans and their families, all homeless and temporarily living in motels while Heroes’ Café is working to find rooms or apartments for them.

“The amazing contributions of those around us for our veterans will go a long way towards helping our vets in need,” noted Walderman. “Almost every day we get a request to help a vet in need, and through our Legion and VFW Posts and Heroes’ Café outreach efforts, we are able to do something for them.”

“The strong partnership we have with Edmonds-based veteran organizations like Heroes Café, American Legion Post 66, VFW Post 8870, VFW 8870 Auxiliary and the people of Edmonds and Snohomish County shows the dedication of our community’s support for our veterans in need,” noted Walderman.

Edmonds American Legion Post 66 Vice Commander Gary Walderman accepts one of the many donations the post received at its food and clothing drive held on January 20, 2024. (Photo by Mark Bjorndal)
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