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Area Legion donates Thanksgiving delights to needy military members

Anna Richar, left, the111th Attack Wing Airman & Family Readiness Center program manager, with office assistant Senior Airman Charlissa Adams take break in stacking a truckload of Thanksgiving bounty to present a certificate of gratitude to American Legion Post 10’s Veteran Services Officer, Chris Dooly, on Nov. 21, 2015 in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. The 24 full Thanksgiving meals donated by the post are destined for needy area military members and their families. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Botzum/Released)

Anna Richar, left, the111th Attack Wing Airman & Family Readiness Center program manager, with office assistant Senior Airman Charlissa Adams take break in stacking a truckload of Thanksgiving bounty to present a certificate of gratitude to American Legion Post 10’s Veteran Services Officer, Chris Dooly, on Nov. 21, 2015 in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. The 24 full Thanksgiving meals donated by the post are destined for needy area military members and their families. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Botzum/Released)

American Legion Post 10 Auxiliary members and Horsham Air Guard Station’s Airman and Family Readiness office representatives surround a table of abundant Thanksgiving meal donations to the 111th Attack Wing in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania on Nov. 21, 2015. Janis Navo, Auxiliary president (left) will be kicking off  the post’s Christmas drive to fulfill wish lists for the USO. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Botzum/Released)

American Legion Post 10 Auxiliary members and Horsham Air Guard Station’s Airman and Family Readiness office representatives surround a table of abundant Thanksgiving meal donations to the 111th Attack Wing in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania on Nov. 21, 2015. Janis Navo, Auxiliary president (left) will be kicking off the post’s Christmas drive to fulfill wish lists for the USO. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Botzum/Released)

HORSHAM AIR GUARD STATION, Pa. -- Fort Washington, Pennsylvania's American Legion Post 10 collected and donated a bounty of Thanksgiving meals to the 111th Attack Wing's Airman & Family Readiness Center here on Nov. 21 for distribution to needy regional military members and their families.
 
"The meals have already been designated for members here and Army Reservists at Fort Dix (New Jersey)," said Anna Richar, A&FR program manager for the 111th Attack Wing. "We can't thank (the Legion members) enough for thinking of the serviceman first."

And this isn't the first time the American Legion has taken part in Thanksgiving donations.

"This is our fifth year collecting meals for the military, but the first time donating to the Horsham base," said Navy veteran and veteran service officer with Post 10, Chris Dooley. "We collected 12 full meals and all the trimmings, while our auxiliary collected another 12."

Aside from turkeys, there is another animal that Dooley provides to help service members - companion dogs to post-traumatic stress disorder veterans.

"This year, I've transported an estimated 30 companion dogs to PTSD servicemen," said Dooley.

Other Legion members are also committed to the cause of helping out service members in need.

"We started collecting the meals about 3-weeks ago," said American Legion Post 10 Auxiliary President, Janis Navo. "Each of us are honored and obligated to supporting our military. We're about to start our Christmas drive to fulfill wish lists for the USO."

To help their cause or to learn more about the American Legion, Post 10, call 215-646-9895.