AVON — AVON — The American Legion here finds itself on the other side of the coin when it comes to need.
The organization is raising funds to construct a building at its new location on Old U.S. 36.
“We’re always in the business of giving funds away, never to gather funds,” said David Palmer, Post 145 adjutant. “This is something new for us.”
They’re kicking off their fundraising season with a “Memorial Day Week Sale” May 6 through 11 at the current location, 377 S. S.R. 267. The main items for sale are flowers that have been donated by local businesses. So far they are: Hobbs Nursery, Kroger in Avon, Lowes in Avon, Avon Gardens, Frazee’s Nursery, Home Depot, Damon’s Nursery, and Holiness Field Ministry in Plainfield. Palmer has made certificates of appreciation for each.
“It’s right before Mother’s Day, which is important because people are usually scrambling to get flowers,” said Bruce Curry, current Post 145 commander.
The sale is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day out of the small building next to the post. Free coffee and bagels will be available each morning, then hotdogs, chips, and soda at lunch for a minimal fee. Sons of the American Legion will have a cookout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that Saturday.
“It increases in activity as we keep planning,” Palmer said of the fundraiser.
In addition to flowers, it also includes merchandise for sale from both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
“You can’t really find patriotic and veteran stuff in the open market,” Palmer said.
This is the second year for the flower sale. Last year the legion raised about $550 in two days.
“I was really thrilled, considering it was the first time,” Palmer said. “This year I thought, let’s expand that a little bit. This is a good time to start off our fundraising activities (for the year).”