Young Son Jake Myers of Belleville Squadron 105 at the Lyons loading dock.


New Jersey's Sons of the American Legion run third annual "Cookies for Vets" project

East Orange and Lyons, NJ

“You guys sure are popular around here!” Latisha Eaves from the VA’s Center for Development and Civic Engagement exclaimed to the Girl Scouts and the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) delivering cookies to the East Orange VA Medical Center.
For a third year, the SAL Detachment of New Jersey’s Children and Youth Commission has completed the successful “Cookies for Vets” project, which raises money to purchase Girl Scout Cookies to be delivered to residents of the VA facilities in East Orange and Lyons, N.J. This year, 305 boxes of Thin Mints, Trefoils and all the favorite Girl Scout cookies were purchased and delivered to our hometown heroes to lift their spirits and “make their day a little sweeter.”
Fundraising for this begins in the fall. This year, $1,830 was raised from private donors and American Legion Families from throughout the state. With donations from posts, units and squadrons in Essex County, all the way to Legion Families in Ocean and Camden County, this project truly represents all of New Jersey.
“This project is something near and dear to my heart,” said Children and Youth Chairman Rusty Myers. “We have been doing this for a few years, and I really enjoy having the kids participate in doing something nice for our vets.”
This state-level project is part of the Sons of the American Legion’s commitment to two of its core pillars: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, and Children and Youth. From fundraising and buying the cookies, to having the Scouts and Young Sons deliver them, to the vets getting a surprise tasty treat, this project embodies the spirit of why the SAL exists.
On a rainy day during their spring breaks, a few members of Girl Scout Troops 20122, 20462, a young Son from Belleville Post 105 and members of the Children and Youth Commission took a few hours to drive to the two VA hospitals, about 45 minutes away from each other in northern New Jersey. The deliveries are always made in April, which is Children and Youth Month.
The Commission also gives every Scout that participates a badge with the “Cookies for Vets” logo to put on their uniforms.
“We believe that through an organization such as the Girl Scouts we can achieve greatness and teach leadership, courage and kindness,” wrote East Orange VA Executive Medical Center Director Patricia O’Kane in a letter to the SAL. “It is through efforts of community partners like you that allow us to continue the quality care and services that we seek to provide for our veterans.

Some of the delivery crew at the Lyons VA braving the rain to deliver cookies.

The delivery crew with Lyons VA Volunteer James Hargrove.

Young Son Jake Myers of Belleville Squadron 105 at the East Orange loading dock.

Abigail, Jake and Grace at Lyons.

Young Son Jake Myers of Belleville Squadron 105 at the Lyons loading dock.
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