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Children & Youth Message

I look forward to a great year serving as Children and Youth Chairman for 2016-2017 under the guidance of Commander Edwards.  Remember that our children are our greatest resource and with the help of every member we can make this a banner year helping the children of our community.  Every Squadron should pick at least one, if not more, Children and Youth program that they can support throughout the year.

 Special Olympics (Chair: JR Hall):  We are kicking off a new year and getting ready for the Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Maryland Special Olympics along with Laps of Love and the Bowling tournament.  If you are interested in volunteering or need more information, please contact JR or myself.

 Casey Cares (Chair: Bob Keys):  Casey Cares Foundation provides uplifting and heartwarming programs with a special touch in order to enhance the lives of critically ill children and their families.  All critically ill children under the age of 18 are eligible to participate.

 American Legion Child Welfare Foundation "CWF" (Chair: Larry Ford):  The Child Welfare Foundation’s foremost philanthropic priority is to provide other nonprofit organizations with a means to educate the public about the needs of children across this nation.  Though created by The American Legion in 1954, the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is a separate5033 corporation.  For more information about Child Welfare Foundation, visit their website at

 Children’s Miracle Network "CMN" (Chair, Tom Clavell):  The Sons of The American Legion established partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network to enhance its efforts to provide quality health-care to children.  Children’s Miracle Network is associated with 170 hospitals that treat children with all types of afflictions rendering treatment based on need and not just the ability to pay.  For more information about Children’s Miracle Network visit their website at

 Toys for Tots (Chair, Joe Weik):  The Toys for Tots program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.  For more information about Toy for Tots or to find a drop off location near you visit their website at

 If you have any questions or ideas about our Children and Youth programs please contact me or the appropriate Committee Chair.

 I am looking forward to working with this team of guys this year to provide you with as much information as possible about the Children and Youth programs.

 Yours in Service,

Jim Alexander

Children & Youth Chairman

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