PHOTO: Wanda Kranz (left), and Shirley Emery prepare pies for the American Legion Auxiliary Tardiff-Belanger Unit 39 pie sale. (Submitted photo)
MADISON — Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Tardiff-Belanger Unit 39 usually holds a turkey supper every November, serving anywhere from 150 to 175 people with the proceeds benefiting local food cupboards. Because of COVID-19 again this year, the auxiliary instead held a turkey pie sale.
After expenses, a total of $2,080 was raised, with 184 pies made and all but five sold a week before the pickup date of Nov. 13.
The money raised will go to four local food cupboards.
Local businesses stepped up to help, with Hannaford donating some of the turkeys, Renys donating 100 pie plates, Apple Tree Bakery donating pie boxes, as well as discounting the price for the remaining pie boxes, and many members donating and cooking turkeys, as well as many of the items needed for baking, and also spending their time making pies.
The pie sale is one of many ways the auxiliary supports the community throughout the year. Across the country, American Legion Auxiliary volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $2 billion. Among its program, the auxiliary sponsors Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders.
For information, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org or www.mainelegionpost39.org, or contact: Robin Turek, president at firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-696-8289, or write to American Legion Auxiliary Tardiff-Belanger Unit 39, PO Box 325, Madison, ME.