One of the many Children and Youth program functions that Marion American Legion Auxiliary volunteers perform is organizing the annual children’s Christmas Party. The most recent was held Dec. 16, at the American Legion post on Witherden Road where several members helped by baking cookies or assisting with face painting, crafts, spontaneous holiday trivia session and gift-giving by Santa Claus.

One of the many Children and Youth program functions that Marion American Legion Auxiliary volunteers perform is organizing the annual children’s Christmas Party. The most recent was held Dec. 16, at the American Legion post on Witherden Road where several members helped by baking cookies or assisting with face painting, crafts, spontaneous holiday trivia session and gift-giving by Santa Claus.

Marion American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1430 President Gina Southcott said the members of her unit are “a bunch of hardworking gals who reach out to our Veterans and their families and our community every day in many different ways.”

She cited that Auxiliary members promote Americanism when they stand and place their hands over their hearts every time the American Flag passes or welcome active military men and women home from service overseas.

Auxiliary members serve Veterans by listening to stories they tell about their service years or hand out the simple red poppies that Veterans made.

She reiterated that Legion Auxiliary members and others within the community clip, trim and package manufacturer’s coupons to send to veterans’ families overseas or living on stateside at bases such as Fort Drum.

Another function that Marion Unit 1430 performs is sponsorship of high school students to the Girls’ State project where they learn about state government processes at annual programs.

Southcott said anyone wishing information about membership in the world’s largest patriotic service organization can visit www.deptny.org or call Marion American Legion Memorial Post 1430 at 926-5571.