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This is the Victory Garden that we had put in a request for donations of equipment and other items to help build and maintain the garden.  It was dedicated this past Tuesday and Sharon and I were present to see how beautiful the garden turned out.  Worth everyone's time to go see.



ALA new Poppy Program Guide now available online and at Emblem Sales

FYI – The new American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program Guide Book is now available online and for purchase from Emblem Sales. The 28-page ALA Poppy Guide incorporates information based on the expanded Poppy Fund Program Rules adopted by The American Legion.  It also has helpful ideas for raising funds and heightening awareness of the symbolic meaning of the “In Memoriam” red poppy.  Many thanks to the recent ALA National Poppy Committee chairs and members, NHQ staff members, and all who helped over the past few years in developing the content for this Guide.  


The ALA Poppy Guide can be purchased from Emblem Sales for $1.95 per copy:


The ALA Poppy Guide is available to read online and can be downloaded for free at in the Members Only Section under the tab: Resources/ALA Guides

Remember, The American Legion’s recently expanded Poppy Fund and Program Rules allow more options for raising funds.  The new Poppy Guide tells the poppy story, offers suggestions for new ways to increase donations from expanded poppy items to colorful poppy donation cans, has instructions for making the popular felt poppy pins, and explains how Poppy Funds can be used.  

Increasing opportunities to share the poppy story and raise donations will help build awareness and American Legion Family brand loyalty.  The Poppy program can also be a great opportunity to engage members and foster an ALA culture of goodwill. Thanks everyone for all you do to help achieve the goals of the ALA Centennial Strategic Plan.

Mary “Dubbie” Buckler I Executive Director/National Secretary I American Legion Auxiliary National HeadquartersI Direct: 317-569-4506; Fax: 317-569-4502I I I In the Spirit of Service Not Self  for Veterans, God and Country 

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VA Needs List 

Des Moines needs/projects:

STICKS project (on-going)

Patch & Coin Display (need display cases for displaying all the various military patches and coins being collected right now.  Also receiving patches and coins from anyone who wishes to donate.  Would like to display in VA as well as have a traveling display case.  Costs are between $450 and & $500 each.)

Iowa Hall of Heroes & Hall of Honor (on-going and wanting to expand with additional Iowa veterans.  An individual display can cost approximately $220.  Veterans being considered right now are the Sullivan Brothers, Nile Kinnick and Bob Feller for starters.)


ALL MONETARY DONATIONS TO BE SENT TO OUR OFFICE: American Legion Auxilary, 720 Lyon St., Des Moines, IA 50309


IVH Donation Information

Iowa City VAVS List

Omaha VA  Omaha Stand Down  Omaha Homeless

Sioux Falls Needs List  

Des Moines VA



Homeless Program (CRRC)

Coffee, creamer, sugar, and cups

Monetary donations for:


Coffee Fund

Popcorn, oil and bags

Donations wanted for "Hospice Baskets Project" at the Des Moines VAMC Facility.  Using small baskets, place travel-size items such as lotions, shampoo and conditioner, and body spray along with a notepad/pencil or pen and fuzzy socks.  You can find items at Target, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Walmart, Hy-Vee and Bath and Body Works.  (Use your imagination on what items to use.). If you would rather donate money, send check to Department and earmark it for "Hospice Baskets at Des Moines VAMC."

Please help the CLC Hospice Wing provide the best experience for our veterans.

Thank you for honoring their service and sacrifice for our freedoms.  Contact VA&R Department Mary Sebben if you need more information.


"Veteran's Recovery Gardening"

If you are interested in helping our veterans put in, and enjoy, a garden, please consider donating the following:

Tools: several hand trowel, various sizes in garden gloves, weed remover, fencing/trellis for vining plants, hand/garden cultivators, potting soil, soaker hose, hanging flower pots

Plants: tomato, peppers, onions, cucumbers, green beans, snap peas, lettuce, flowering plants, cilantro, parsley, garlic

(Items underlined are priority.)

Please contact Laura Kendrick at 515-699-5818 if you would like to help.

What a great project for our veterans at the Domiciliary!

Let's role up our sleeves and get to work providing them with what they need to succeed in growing a garden they can be proud of!!

Thank you!!

Policy on Receipt of Food Items at VA Facilities

VA facilities as a whole are NOT allowed to share food prepared in a private home with patients, and items such as cookies/cake/donuts, etc. must be commercially prepared.  The policy is entitled “Receipt, Storage and Distribution of Food Items Obtained from Sources Other Than Nutrition and Food Services”.

Section 4, Responsibilities:
b.  Chief, Voluntary Service is responsible for overseeing the food donations that are given to Volunteer Service for distribution to patients. This includes the food(s) provided for picnics for patients.

 Section 5, Procedures:
a.        Food prepared in a private home will not be distributed through Nutrition and Food Service.

d.  Foods which do not provide a medium for bacterial growth and may be provided by family and/or friends to individual patients (depending upon patients' dietary restrictions) are:
1.      Cake - without filling
2.      Donuts - without filling
3.      Pastries - without filling
4.      Ice Cream
5.      Cookies
(The items listed above are to be commercially prepared)
6.      Fresh fruit (washed prior to eating)
7.      Snack type foods in single serving packages, i.e. potatoes chips, corn chips, etc.

Since these items were brought to Voluntary Service for distribution, not Nutrition and Food Service, Section 4 Part B holds us to the same standard as Nutrition and Food Service, meaning that Section 5 Part A pertains to us in that we cannot distribute food prepared in a private home.  Section 5 Part D is the most important as it mentions that certain snack items must be commercially prepared.  Items like Chex Mix would also have to be commercially prepared as homemade bags would be considered food prepared in a private home.

Thank you for following the guidelines.

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