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Poppy Offering

Poppies, Flags & Stars

Every year starting the month of May you will see our Post members at various locations offering Poppies, US Flags and Stars, or you might see a poppy canister at a local retail store where you can take a poppy, and make a donation. The monies collected for the poppies, flags and stars; must go to assisting veterans and cannot be used by the Post internally. So please, help our veterans in need, by donating and accepting a poppy, flag or star!

Also please show your appreciation of our fallen, by wearing that poppy on National Poppy Day, which is the Friday before Memorial Day each year.

Flanders Field Poem - ©

2024 Annual Poppy Drive

We have just about completed our tallying of donations to our 2024 Annual Poppy Drive. It's looking pretty darn good!! We will making our announcement at our next membership meeting.

But in the meantime, we again want to thank the Pittsford community for their generosity and beyond Pittsford to those who donated from Rochester, and as far away as Florida!!!

2023 Poppy Donations Results

2023's Rayson-Miller Post 899 Poppy Drive was a huge success. We were just slightly over last year's total, roughly by $200, but fell a little short of our record breaking year of 2021. But our totals were still a huge success thanks to our wonderful donors. We also would like to thank the businesses that allowed us to put our Poppy Canisters on their counters, which were also very successful.

Our heartfelt thank you also goes to the businesses that allowed us to set up our Poppy Donation tables: Pittsford Dairy, Powers Farm Market and the Schottland Family YMCA.

Where Does the Money Go

100% of all money donated to the Rayson-Miller Post 899 Poppy Drive each year goes directly to assisting our veterans, military and their families. This year's donation checks were mailed to the Canadaigua VA (Volunteer Services) Homeless Veterans, Lap Robes for Veterans, Patriot Guard Riders NY - Help On The Homefront, and Rochester Honor Flight.

(The pictures are from the 2022 presentation of Poppy Drive checks.)

Canandaigua VA Volunteer Services
Robin Johnson accepting check

Check presentation to Canandaigua VA - Robin Johnson

Canandaigua VA monies donated are used to purchase needed items to benefit homeless Veterans recreational programs, to include food/refreshments.

Honor Flight Rochester
Rich Stewart accepting check

Check presentation Honor Flight Rochester - Rich Stewart

Honor Flight Rochester is free to all American veterans. Monies donated are used pay for the costs of these trips to Washington DC so that all veterans may see the memorials dedicated to their service.

Lap Robes for Veterans
Pat Verhagen and Sue Morris accepting check

Check presentation Lap Robes for Veterans -Pat Verhagen & Sue Morris

Lap Robes for Veterans supply; individual veterans, veterans in nursing homes, hospice and area hospitals such as Monroe Community Hospital, veterans from Honor Flight Rochester, Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers and more; with a lap robe as a thank you for their service.

PGRNY - Help On The Homefront
Donna L Barnes accepting check

Check presentation PGRNY HOTH - Donna Barnes

Help on the Homefront (HOTH) is a volunteer outreach program of Patriot Guard Riders of New York, Inc., which assists our military heroes and their families that reside in New York state. The HOTH programs assist US Armed Forces veterans who are in need.

Our Thanks

As a small token of our thanks for allowing us to setup Annual Poppy Drive donation tables at their businesses; Pittsford Dairy, Powers Farm Market and the Schottland Family YMCA were presented our Appreciation Plaques in 2021 by Poppy Chairman Danny Barnes and Vice Commander Dean Taylor.

2021 Poppy Check Presentations

Canandaigua VA Volunteer Services
Robin Johnson accepting check

Robin Johnson - Canandaigua VA

Honor Flight Rochester
Jeff Gould accepting check

Jeff Gould - Honor Flight Rochester

Lap Robes for Veterans
Nancy VanApeldoorn accepting check

Nancy VanApeldoorn - Lap Robes for Veterans

PGRNY - Help On The Homefront
Donna Barnes accepting check

Donna Barnes - PGRNY Help On The Homefront

Veterans Supporting Veterans Patch

Veterans Supporting Veterans

In 2016, the Rayson-Miller Post 899 began its formal initiative of Veterans Supporting Veterans. This initiative follows the mission of the American Legion, helping veterans. Monies raised by the Post under this initiative are used to support veterans in need in our community. Rayson-Miller Post 899 raises funds for its community youth programs and felt that this initiative to assist our veterans should also be made a formal program of Post 899.

Veterans Shaking Hands

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Rayson-Miller American Legion Post 899 supports the community's youth programs and our initiative of Veterans Supporting Veterans with donations.

Please consider donating today!

For any generous donation of $25 or more receive this beautifully embroidered 4 inch patch as our Thank You gift.

Rayson-Miller Post 899 is a 501(c)(19) not for profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible.

Veterans Supporting Veterans patch