Local VFW post looking for donations this Veterans Day

COVID-19 restrictions have decimated the donations they normally receive during Veterans and Memorial Day.

Donation boxes like these will be placed at the local QFC and Safeway to collect money for VFW Post 1949 in early November. Contributed photo

Donation boxes like these will be placed at the local QFC and Safeway to collect money for VFW Post 1949 in early November. Contributed photo

November is normally about remembering those who served in the armed forces, but the local VFW is worried COVID-19 will once again decimate donations that usually flow into their coffers this time of year.

Due to the pandemic, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1949 will be placing red donation boxes outside the local QFC and Safeway for Veterans Day on Nov. 5 through 8.

This is instead of using VFW volunteers, who you normally see dressed to the nines and handing out poppies during their Labor Day and Veterans Day drives.

“We would love to be there to greet you and share your stories, but it is still not safe to do so,” said Post Commander Vincent Fischetti, who made the donation boxes himself.

Fischetti said in a letter to the editor late last August that the VFW receives roughly $10,000 from each of the drives. However, last Labor Day, the VFW only saw about $1,100 in donations come through.

“Our donations are down 90 percent due to COVID-19 virus,” he continued. “I am very sorry to report that we are having trouble maintaining our Lodge. Without financial support we may be forced to sell the post Lodge.”

VFW Post 1949 has been operating on the Plateau since 1934.

Fischetti said the money that is donated to VFW Post 1949 stays in Enumclaw to help with myriad programs, from helping veterans with housing costs and even relocation costs during emergencies to funding the annual Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy scholarship programs, which go to a well-written middle and high schooler respectively every year.

“We help veterans and veterans’ families with medical bills, car repair and many other challenges faced by our heroic veterans,” Fischetti continued. “We make meal deliveries to seniors and veterans not able to get out for themselves. Our funds also help Plateau Outreach Ministries and the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation… without local support many of these needs go unmet.”

Post 1949 Honor Guard provides the military honors for deceased veterans at local cemeteries and at the Tahoma National Cemetery as well.

“We know you have been asked to help in many ways these past months, so any donation is greatly appreciated,” Fischetti said. “Please help us meet these challenges for the community.”

To mail donations to VFW Post 1949, send to: VFW Post 1949, P.O. Box 14, Enumclaw, WA 98022.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@courierherald.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.courierherald.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in News

Flaming Geyser is one of the several state parks in proximity to the Plateau that you can visit for free on Jan. 1 and 18. Photo courtesy Washington State Parks
Free Park Days in 2021 start in January

The first free days are Jan. 1 and 18.

After a relatively quiet October, Enumclaw's November COVID cases are quickly rising. Screenshot courtesy King County
COVID cases on the rise

Enumclaw has topped more than 250 positive cases, many of them just from November alone.

In addition to traveling through Enumclaw and Buckley, Santa will also be at the Enumclaw Expo Center's Hometown Holiday Parade Dec. 4 - 6, in place of being a part of the normal Enumclaw holiday parade. File photo
Santa to visit Buckley, Enumclaw neighborhoods

Make sure you know when Old Saint Nick is traveling through your area Dec. 7 - 12.

Feel free to use this image, just link to www.SeniorLiving.Org
Buckley budget includes money for streets, recreation projects

Residents can look forward to work being done on River Avenue and a new athletic court.

Enumclaw's decision making tree
ESD students will not return until January

Many teachers and parents saw flaws in the plan for students to return to school after Thanksgiving, just to have them go on winter holiday a few weeks later.

Sage Viniconis is a career performing artist in King County who’s been out of work and seeking creative outlets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo/Sage Viniconis
Puget Sound artists adapt creativity, and business sense, to pandemic

Artists Sunday is an online directory that connects artists across the county, state and nation.

The Courier-Herald is moving to a paid-subscription model. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Nov. 25 is the last free edition of the Courier-Herald

When you subscribe to a newspaper, you’re not just receiving a product, but investing in an idea.

One of the highlights of Holiday Fantasy has been outright donations to a worthy cause. Here, attendees show their support during the 2018 event. This year, the event will be holding a virtual auction over four days. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Holiday Fantasy goes virtual, offers four days of silent auction

The annual Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation fundraiser helps fund nearly a third of the non-profits various programs, from feeding seniors to arranging transport to medical appointments.

File photo
Snow Lake, located near Snoqualmie Pass in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Washington releases new forest plan

It outlines ways the state will protect and maintain forest health.

Most Read