Auxiliary needs more yarn for vet blankets
by Ed Wendell
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Pictured from left to right are Marie Hall, Michelle Cook-Lopez, Joanne Bartos, Janet Chan-Smith, Josephine Wendell, Celesta Michelin, and Peggy Finnegan.
Pictured from left to right are Marie Hall, Michelle Cook-Lopez, Joanne Bartos, Janet Chan-Smith, Josephine Wendell, Celesta Michelin, and Peggy Finnegan.
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Pictured from left to right are Peggy Finnegan, Josephine Wendell, Joan Reinle, Marie Hall, Joanne Bartos, Michelle Cook-Lopez and standing in the back are Janet Chan-Smith and Celesta Michelin.
Pictured from left to right are Peggy Finnegan, Josephine Wendell, Joan Reinle, Marie Hall, Joanne Bartos, Michelle Cook-Lopez and standing in the back are Janet Chan-Smith and Celesta Michelin.
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Back in May, we brought you the story of American Legion Auxiliary Post 118 in Woodhaven and their ambitious effort to make lap blankets for veterans at the New York State Veterans' Home in St. Albans.

“We’re looking to make at least 75 lap blankets,” said Janet Chan-Smith of the auxiliary. “This way, we’ll not only keep them warm, but we’ll be letting them know we honor and appreciate their service.”

At first, the Auxiliary depended on donations of old yarn from friends and family.

“It was wonderful,” says Marie Hall, an auxiliary member who has been hard at work making blankets. “People were donating their leftover yarn and we were turning them into nice blankets for the vets.”

But that supply was soon exhausted and they turned to the community for help, and the community of Woodhaven responded. The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society teamed up with Neir’s Tavern and residents donated a lot of yarn.

We held an event at Neir’s and the auxiliary came and collected the donations, more than enough yarn to fill a car. At the time, we hoped it would be enough, but it turns out we were well short of the mark and more yarn is needed, and soon.

So we are asking residents to bring any old or leftover yarn to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association Town Hall Meeting this Saturday at noon at the headquarters of American legion Post 118, at the corner of 89th Avenue and 91st Street (behind PS 60).

We know that time is short for those who want to go out and purchase yarn to donate, but if you do please consider Cook’s Crafts at 80-09 Myrtle Avenue in Glendale and ask for Michelle to get the 10 percent discount.

Cook’s Crafts gave us a good discount of the yarn we purchased in May, as they are also affiliated with the American Legion Post 104 in Glendale, and made a hefty donation to this project. And Michelle Cook herself has been busy crocheting blankets for the vets.

It’s always nice to see members of a community come together, it’s even nicer to see members from one community supporting another.

Through Cook’s Crafts, we can get a bag of yarn for $10. To anyone that hands me $7 this Saturday at the WRBA Town Hall Meeting, the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will donate $3 to buy a bag.

So for $7 you can help bring a smile and some warmth to one of our veterans this winter. It’s a small price to pay for such a noble cause.

And we hope people will come out to the WRBA Town Hall meeting this Saturday anyway, as there is lots to discuss. People are rightfully concerned about conditions in our city and within our community, and this is the place to speak up.

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association has been tackling the issues that concern residents since 1972.

It’s a shame that more people don’t get involved in what’s happening in our community. At most, we’re talking about two hours a month to come out and voice your opinions, as well as listen to the opinions of your neighbors. You get to speak directly to those we have elected to represent us, as well as directly to the officers of the 102nd Precinct.

And if you’re already a regular at these meetings, you’ll be happy to learn that the WRBA will be holding their 48th annual gala at Roma View Fine Catering on Friday, October 25. Adult tickets (12 and older) are $75, and tickets for children over five are $35. Tickets include a full buffet dinner with soda, beer, and wine. The event kicks off at 7 p.m.

This year’s honorees are Deputy Inspector Courtney B. Nilan, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct (Woman of the Year); Kenichi "Kenny" Wilson, chairman of Community Board 9 and president of the Board of Directors of the Queens Symphony Orchestra (Man of the Year); and M&M Hardwares at 94-04 Jamaica Avenue and owned by Jack Moy (Business of the Year).

There’s plenty of opportunities to get involved in your community. If you haven’t been doing so already, why not give it a go this Saturday? Hope to see you there.

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