The Aberdeen VFW, coming back after storm damage forced the post to shutter its building, is looking for a little help from its friends and neighbors as the project goes down the stretch.
“We have a new roof. We have a new ceiling and new lighting. We have new walls. We even have new carpet in the lounge. But we still need to paint, clean, and organize. We could use a lot of help,” says Post Commander Jim Daly.
The post has a work party planned for Saturday at the building, 105 E. Heron St. Members will be priming and painting walls. They will also be cleaning the floors, storage spaces, office spaces, the stage and the lounge. They may be making a recycling run and other general organizing.
“We were recently notified that we were granted a Community Improvement Grant by The Home Depot Foundation. This grant is in the form of a Gift Card for purchases at Home Depot and will help us finish the last of the repairs to our building. We hope to be open for Memorial Day,” Daly said.
The plan is that the VFW members will participate in the annual Memorial Day Ceremony honoring veterans, at Fern Hill Cemetery, at 11 a.m. They will then return to the Aberdeen Post at Broadway and Heron, to host a fundraising barbecue from 12:30 to 6 p.m.. The barbecue will be open to the public and will offer a choice of a burger or hot dog, with baked beans, chips, and a can of pop or bottle of water. The funds raised will be used to restock the kitchen, the cleaning supplies, etc., so that the post and their canteen can get back into operation.
“We could use your help this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for a work party to paint and clean. We can’t wait to get reopened and get back to normal operations, serving our community and our veterans;” said Daly.
Those who would like to donate to the repairs may do so through a special donation account at Anchor Bank or mail the donation directly to VFW Post 224, 105 East Heron, Aberdeen, WA 98520. For more information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Post Quartermaster, Terry Holderman, at 360-589-2201 or 360-533-1338.