MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring VFW Post 7831 Junior Girls are "Cheering on America" with donation chances of $1 each or six for $5 on Build-A-Bear Go Team USA Spirit Teddy Bears in honor of America competing in this year's Summer Olympics.
According to Sue Vanderpool, Junior Girls advisor, "The drawing for the bears will be Dec. 2, just in time for Christmas."
Vanderpool said the objective of the Junior Girls Units are to instill patriotism and love of country into the hearts of the unit's members and to teach the girls to be of service to others.
"The Junior Girls are participating in Youth Supporting Our Troops and have adopted local veterans, Michelle Bellows and Matthew Harrell, who are currently in Afghanistan. They have written letters and sent them snacks, hand lotion and other items," Vanderpool said.
She said it was an awesome opportunity for these girls ages 5-16 to be assistance to troops serving on the front lines and their families. "They are showing support for individuals participating in the Olympics from the USA with these patriotic bears," she said.
Vanderpool said the purpose of the Junior Girls Units, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the veterans of Foreign Wars, are three-fold. First to instill in the hearts of the youth, a firm belief in the principals of the republic and reverence for the United States Flag. Second, to develop character, cooperation, leadership, self reliance and a willingness to assume responsibility. And third, to assist the Ladies Auxiliary in their activities.
Junior girls, age 13-16, can participate in the national auxiliary scholarship program. The auxiliary will recognize outstanding Junior Girls by awarding national scholarships in the amount of $10,000 and 5,000 for two top Junior Girls in this organization. The first place winner will receive a scholarship, a plaque, airfare plus two nights' lodging and per diem to attend the 2009 National Convention in Phoenix, Ariz. The second place winner will receive $5,000 and her plaque will be presented at the department convention in Little Rock in June of 2009.
Vanderpool said the recruiter's name will be entered in two drawings for $50, each time she secures two new members and reports them on the official form from the national headquarters, verified by the unit chairman and sent to the national headquarters by May 19, 2009.
Vanderpool said the junior girls will be collecting food door to door in October to assist the Mammoth Spring Food Pantry.
"Membership in the Junior Girls Unit is open to girls from 5 through 16-years-old who are daughters, foster daughters, stepdaughters, granddaughters, sisters, half sisters, foster sisters and stepsisters of members of the VFW of the United States, or men and women eligible for membership in the VFW," she said.
For more information call Vanderpool at 870-625-3957.