The weekend of May 26-28 is Buddy Poppy Days on Grand Island, a time when residents can donate cash for the honor of wearing a Buddy Poppy.
All money collected during the Buddy Poppy Drive remains in the Buffalo area for veterans and their families in need. Recently, the Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9249 donated money to The Vet Center and Veterans Treatment Court in Buffalo. In the past, donations have gone to purchase special televisions for veterans while patients at Veterans Hospital in Buffalo as well as to help purchase a van to transport veterans to and from treatment at VA in Buffalo.
During the Buddy Poppy Drive, members of the VFW Post No. 9249 and auxiliaries will be stationed at Tops Market, First Niagara Bank, M&T Bank and at 7-11 on Love Road as well as at other locations around the Island.
Veteran wishing to join the VFW may call the post at 716-773-6343.