AMVETS members brighten holidays for many

December 17, 2000

AMVETS members brighten holidays for many

Editor's note: This is the sixth in a series of stories running on the 12 days before Christmas to recognize individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others.

By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

AMVETS deliver fruit and candyFor the 10th straight year, Washington County AMVETS Post 10 members are helping the community during the holiday season.


There is a perception that members of veterans groups such as AMVETS sit around eating free food at a "watering hole," said Jim Sprecher Sr., secretary to the board of directors and past commander. But they also do many good deeds behind the scenes, he said.

The group does some work year-round, such as loaning out crutches and walkers to veterans who need them, he said.

The group is also a corporate sponsor of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, he said.

But they do even more charitable work each December, giving oranges and candy to residents of local homes.


Why candy and oranges? Because that way they can give something to everyone instead of just a select few, he said.

The candy and oranges are delivered to:

  • 109 people at the Western Maryland Center.
  • 88 at Potomac Center.
  • 32 residents of Anita Lynne Home.
  • 35 at Cedar Ridge.
  • 34 at San Mar Children's Home.
  • 120 at Elizabeth Court.
  • 102 at Colton Villa.
  • 26 at Shining Tree Children's Home.

In addition, the group holds Christmas parties for San Mar Children's Home residents.

The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 10 also organizes a party for AMVETS members' children and grandchildren. These parties have food, games, Christmas treats, candy and oranges, he said.

There are about 1,000 AMVETS members and 300 auxiliary members, he said.

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