MATTOON -- The Lawrence Riddle American Legion Ladies' Auxiliary Unit 88 will host Poppy Days Friday and Saturday.
The members of the American Legion family from Post 88 will collect donations at various locations in Mattoon.
The poppy program is the oldest and most widely recognized auxiliary program. Each year around Memorial Day, auxiliary volunteers distribute millions of bright red crepe paper poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.
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The program provides benefits to the veterans and to the community. The hospitalized veterans who make the flowers are able to earn a small wage, which helps to supplement their income and make them more self-sufficient. The physical and mental activity provides therapeutic benefits, as well.
Donations are used to assist and support veterans and their families.