Cullman County is a special place to live and raise a family. Whether you grew up in Cullman, recently moved to Cullman, or are just passing through, you will find that Cullman provides the best hospitality with some of the most generous citizens and organizations in the world. Many Cullman nonprofits go above and beyond to give back and care for the community in times of need. Photos are often taken and placed in local media to highlight the organization. Other times, the media finds out about an organization’s big events and wants to highlight them because they haven’t sought recognition but certainly deserve attention.
The local VFW Auxiliary went above and beyond the call of duty to give back in many ways. Yes, the VFW Auxiliary is designed to improve the lives of veterans, service members and their families. But let’s not forget what they do for our community. Auxiliary Cullman VFW, throughout the year, raises funds through bingo, weekly breakfasts and often anonymous donors. The money raised certainly helps the lives of veterans and their families, but what you might not know is how much is going back to this great community.
In December, Auxiliary Cullman VFW hosted a Lunch with Santa event. Forty-five children were able to come and meet Santa Claus, receive a gift and have a meal alongside their families. In addition, the Auxiliaries participated with Toys for Tots and helped bring Christmas to twenty local families. We will say it again for the people of the background, about twenty local families! Many of these families had several children. Some had as many as three or four. The VFW auxiliary not only provided toys for the children who would otherwise have received nothing, but also provided clothes and meals for the whole family. The VFW helper certainly made many children smile, but they also met the needs of adults. Whether parents needed new work clothes or new boots for work, their needs were taken care of.
The VFW Auxiliary is made up of military spouses who work for the betterment of veterans. But, they often go beyond the call of duty and help the local community. Sadly, we often never hear about what they do because they often don’t want recognition, but they certainly deserve attention. Our military personnel and veterans risk their lives for our freedom. Their spouses sacrificed themselves at home, taking care of and raising their family, while also having a job and having time throughout the year to raise funds and give back to those in need. .
When you see a veteran, thank them. When you see a veteran’s spouse, thank them. Have fun and play bingo or enjoy a meal every Tuesday from the VFW Auxiliary. Be a donor and let some of your money go back to an organization that not only gives back to the local community, but takes great care of our local veterans.