Buddy Poppy campaign benefits veterans


BROOKINGS – Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2118 and its Auxiliary will distribute Buddy Poppies at two locations in Brookings, at Runnings and Lowe’s, on Friday and Saturday. 

According to national VFW bylaws, “We are required to see that the proceeds from our distribution of Buddy Poppies must be used to benefit disabled and needy veterans and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans right here in the community,” according to a VFW press release.

In 1923, the VFW was the first veterans organization to promote a nationally organized campaign for the annual distribution of poppies assembled by disabled or hospitalized veterans. That tradition continues today, with more than 14 million poppies assembled by paid, disabled and hospitalized veterans each year. The members of the VFW and its Auxiliary raise more than $15 million annually from the distribution of Buddy Poppies.

The VFW, founded in 1899, is the nation’s oldest major veterans organization with more than 1.9 million members.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Buddy Poppy distribution has been delayed during the past months, but those who would like to contribute to the Buddy Poppy Campaign may send in a donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 520 Main Ave., Brookings, SD 57006, and designate their donation for the Buddy Poppy Campaign. All contributions are used strictly for veterans and their families in the Brookings area.

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