RUMFORD — The Rumford American Legion Auxiliary is joining forces with American Legion Post 24 and Envision Rumford with a Poppy Days fundraiser at the Lumberjack Days breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Legion Hall.

The red crepe poppies are made by veterans and symbolize the sacrifice made by military service members. Nationwide last year nearly 3.5 million poppies were distributed by units, raising $2.1 million for veterans programs.

The Rumford Auxiliary has spent many volunteer hours and financial support to children of deployed soldiers, the veteran blind program, homeless veterans, outreach services through Western Maine Nursing Home, female veterans networking program and to military currently serving overseas.

Sales of the poppies help support these programs.

Care packages will be sent to six soldiers who have local ties. Donations are being accepted at the Legion for snacks, magazines, puzzle books, powdered drinks, DVDs and toiletries.

Installation of officers was held on May 4.

Officers for 2014-15 are Barbara Arsenault, president; Donna Wotton, first vice-president; Rena Nichols, second vice-president; Sue Ryder, secretary; Anita Murphy, treasurer; Doris Martineau, chaplain; Judy Sanborn, sergeant at arms; Darlene Whitaker, historian.

The Auxiliary welcomes new members. Women who have a spouse, parent, grandparent or child who have served in the military during wartime are eligible.

For more information, email ALAUnit [email protected] or stop by the Legion.

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