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Ladies auxiliary feeds seniors every month for free

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Virginia Cromer still remembers when the senior dinners at the Veterans of Foreign Wars started.

She was married to the president of Post 4265, and she developed a plan to help local seniors through the post's ladies auxiliary.

"I started the dinners, but I don't know what year it was -- maybe '82 or '83," Cromer said. "It's been fun. Last month, we had 132 dinners served."

On Saturday evening, 115 people made the trip to the VFW for the Easter edition of the monthly senior dinner. There was candy and Easter eggs for all the diners and auxiliary President Jean Wixson dished ice cream into a hundred cups.

"Put a little more chocolate in there you guys," Wixson said to the swarming crew of youths who volunteered to work the dinner.

Eleven members of Craig Youth Soccer sped around the dining room serving beef stew and biscuits, and pouring toppings on the cups of ice cream Saturday. They volunteered their time.

Cathy Copeland, director of fundraising for the soccer program, said the kids began working at 8 a.m. as a commitment to serve 200 hours of community service to supporters of Craig Youth Soccer.

"They offered to help with this dinner, and we took them up on it," Wixson said. "The soccer team is a big help."

There is no cost for the senior dinners.

"Just show up," Wixson said.

The auxiliary has another dinner set for May 6 before members take off two months to prepare for the big annual fall dinner.

"There are a lot of new faces," Cromer said about the senior dinners. "We run around a lot, just try to keep up."

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext.207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

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