Pictured from left to right are President of the Auxiliary of the American Legion Ridgeville Post # 507, Joyce McCord Auxiliary Historian, and Redkey Elementary School Principal Mr. Pickerton. The American Legion Auxiliary recently donated 20 pounds of aluminum can tabs to the school to be donated to Riley Children’s Hospital.

The tab on an aluminum can may seem insignificant, but these tiny objects can make a huge difference in the life of a child. The women of the Auxiliary of Ridgeville’s American Legion Post # 507 have recently donated 20 pounds of the tabs to Redkey Elementary School. 

The school is collecting the tabs to make a spring donation to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. This is part of a program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana. The aluminum tabs are recycled, just like you would recycle plastic containers or newspapers. The money generated from recycling the tabs is used in a general operating budget to ensure that the House remains open for families of sick or injured children.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana opened in 1982 on the IUPUI campus. With only 24 rooms, the need for lodging very quickly outgrew capacity, and a new wing was built in 1989, adding 20 guest rooms and six apartments designed for the special needs of transplant patients and their families. Two additional guest rooms were added in 2001. In 2004, they expanded their services into Riley Hospital for Children, building six new guest rooms specifically for families with a child in one of Riley’s critical care units and a day respite area for any family with an inpatient at Riley Hospital. The organization’s goal is to embrace all families with sick or injured children being treated in Indianapolis-area hospitals without regard to income. No family is ever turned away from the House due to their inability to pay.

After the end of World War I in 1918, 20 officers who had served in the American Expeditionary Forces were asked to suggest ideas for improving troop morale. One officer, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt Jr., proposed an organization of veterans, the American Legion. After its formation in 1919, a number of existing women’s organizations wanted to become the official affiliate of the Legion. The committee decided to create a new organization made up of the women most closely associated with the men of the Legion. This Auxiliary would perform those phases of Legion activities that were more suitably performed by women. In less than one year, 1,342 local units in 45 states of the Women’s Auxiliary to the American Legion had been organized.

The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in their communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans.

The Ridgeville post has also made a recent donation of $500 to “The Journey Home” a local organization working to end homelessness of our Veterans. Post # 507 in Ridgeville also offers weekly games of Bingo on Mondays. The doors open at 5:00 PM and games begin at 6:30 PM. Much of the money earned from these bingo games and the Legion’s other activities goes to help Veterans, and many other causes.

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