American Legion Post 90
supports Christmas project
American Legion Post 90 of Los Alamos is supporting Operation Christmas Child, a shoebox ministry of many churches across the United States.
The Post is purchasing 50 inflatable soccer balls to go with the ones provided by White Rock Presbyterian Church.
Each year, Mary Medendorp heads up the effort to collect shoeboxes to be packed with pens, pencils, writing paper, crayons, water colors, small stuffed animals, dolls and more. The soccer balls will be packed with a pump to bring the ball to life.
In one instance, a young boy in a third world country this was a life changing gift experience. That gave him purpose and direction in his life.
These shoebox Christmas gifts go all over the world in many countries, including some in the United States. The operation is worldwide.
GI’s have always had a soft spot for kids. In one panel cartoonist Bill Mauldin shows Willie and Joe, in rumpled uniforms with a steel helmet and a rifle slung over their shoulders, handing out C-rations to a small group of kids.
In my outfit we would toss chewing gum and candy bars to the French children as we passed through a village in a six-by-six.