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Volunteers sought to help Christmas for Vets on Oct. 1

Volunteers are needed to put stakes for the wreaths in the ground before it freezes

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PEQUOT LAKES — Volunteers are needed to help the nonprofit Christmas for Vets organization prepare to place Christmas wreaths on veterans’ gravesites in local cemeteries.

Stakes need to be placed in the ground before it freezes. Anyone interested in helping should meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Our Savior's Lutheran Church parking lot in Pequot Lakes to be instructed in the proper placement of stakes and assigned sections in the city cemetery.

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Christmas for Vets is in its ninth year commemorating local veterans in eight cemeteries. Wreaths are placed the first Saturday in December and remain on the gravesites until February.

Honoring veterans in this manner would not be possible without community volunteers. Local businesses, other nonprofit organizations and families of veterans have supported this effort with donations to purchase the wreaths and stakes.

Many veterans don’t have a family to support a wreath, and donations are needed to ensure that no veteran goes without recognition. Currently, there are over 425 veterans who will receive a wreath.

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Donations to support this effort can be sent to: Christmas for Vets, c/o Cathy Malecha, 31018 Rasmussen Road Apt. 205, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.

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