On Friday, Sept. 9, the John E. Jacobs American Legion Post 68 Leland co-sponsored a Red Cross blood drive with WWAY. The event was held at the WWAY Leland facility. The Red Cross collected 51 successful donations.

“We live in a great community. The people that work and live in the Leland area repeatedly step up when there is a need identified,” said Post 69 Commander John Hacker. “Our American Legion Post 68 holds several events, like this blood drive, to provide assistance to the community and area veterans. It is an honor to participate in these types of events.”

The blood drive only works when volunteers step up. Cecile and Alan Simmons consistently step forward to work at these blood drives, along with other Post 68 members. Vice Commander Dan Fortini led this operation to its successful completion.

The John E. Jacobs American Legion Post 68 Leland has also embarked on a program of Suicide Awareness, and are attempting to achieve two goals: educate the community and provide assistance for our veterans. Stephanie Zaleta, an intern with the Red Cross Services to Armed Forces (SAF), has volunteered to assist us with this program.

The Suicide Awareness banner will be posted at all upcoming events, hoping to spark conversations and to educate. As a result, WWAY has offered to assist Post 68 with outreach to the community by introducing the Suicide Awareness program through an interview with Commander Hacker.

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