The American Legion Riders is the fastest-growing program in the organization. And as recent events suggest, it's also one of the busiest.
In Millbrook, Ala., Post 133's Legion Riders recently hosted a spaghetti dinner to raise money for 18-month-old Jerimiah Miller, who is suffering from stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer. Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer found in children 10 years old and younger. Miller already has had three surgeries, and his mother has no health insurance and is unable to work because she has to care for Jerimiah.
The dinner, which took place Nov. 21, included a band and raised more than $4,000.
In Pocatello, Idaho, Riders from Post 4 raised $2,000 for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, which provides college money for the children of U.S. servicemembers killed on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Money was raised by setting up a fireworks stand in front of a local grocery store. The post hopes to double its donation totals in 2010.
And Legion Riders from Post 575 in Lubbock, Texas, took part in the 25th annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade on Nov. 22, joining nearly 2,000 motorcyclists from around the South Plains region of west Texas. The program, which also involved the U.S. Marines, gathers and distributes toys to needy children in the area. Enough toys were collected to fill three Marine transport trucks.
Two Post 575 Riders too first place in the decorated bike and costume contest.