Legion Auxiliary sends off cookies

Local American Legion Auxiliary members Elaine Munson and Kay Trunk, left, and Judy Nordwall fold pocket flags last Thursday evening in the back room of the Princeton VFW club.

American Legion Auxiliary packed 40 boxes of cookies and other treats last Thursday for mailing to military personnel. More than 20 members of the Auxiliary were involved in the annual holiday cookie project. Auxiliary member Linda Anderson, who chairs the cookie project, said the project has been going since at least World War II.

Some of the boxes are sent to the Wings of Hope Chapel in Afghanistan, which is in a location where troops come into Afghanistan for duty, according to Anderson. That way, if someone in the military needs certain personal items, they can get those from one of those containers at the chapel.

Besides sending out boxes of treats for the holiday season each year, the Auxiliary sends packages of personal items to troops each month. Individuals and organizations have donated toward that.

Besides the treats placed in the 40 boxes last Thursday, each box also contained a card made by first and second graders at South Elementary and a greeting card from the Auxiliary. Sometimes an Auxiliary member places a personal card into the cookie box if it is going to the member’s relative in the military, Anderson noted.


Pocket Flag Project

After the cookie boxes were packed, some of the Auxiliary members folded small U.S. flags that, when folded, are small enough to be carried in a shirt pocket. The Auxiliary sends these pocket flags to troops only on the front lines. The Pocket Flag Project is international and was conceived within the Boy Scout program in 2001.