VFW’s poppy campaign kicks off next week

October 2, 2018 GMT

The VFW’s annual poppy campaign begins Oct. 12. Poppies are made by disabled veterans in hospitals and veterans homes throughout the country and used to raised funds for veterans’ causes.

Members will start distributing poppies on Oct. 12 and accepting donations to be used to benefit disabled veterans, widows and orphans of deceased veterans, funding for veterans rehabilitation services and for direct relief to the families of needy and deceased veterans.

The poppies also serve as a memorial to the fallen of all wars in which the U.S. has been involved. The VFW has been distributing poppies nationwide since May 1922.

The 2018 Buddy Poppy Girl for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1077 and Auxiliary in Beatrice is 11-year-old Sara Dodge.

Sara is the daughter of Dennis and Salome Dodge. She is a fifth-grader at St. Paul’s Lutheran School.