Judy Deibel, president of the Backus American Legion Auxiliary, presented a $1,000 donation to the Eagle's Healing Nest of Sauk Centre during a fishing event and picnic for some Eagle's Healing Nest residents Tuesday, May 21, at Tuck-A-Way Resort in Backus.
Deibel said the Auxiliary has donated to the Nest for the past several years, and also offers support in the form of homemade cookies.
The presentation was made at the annual fishing outing sponsored by Tuck-A-Way Resort for Nest residents. Todd Malecha, owner of the resort and a veteran, enjoys sponsoring the event. Each year he lines up boats and guides for fishing, and provides some of the bait.
The Backus American Legion also provides bait and puts together a picnic after the fishing ends.
Nest residents enjoy hamburgers and bratwurst grilled on site, along with potato salad, chips and dessert. The Legion and Auxiliary members put it together and serve it while enjoying the opportunity to sit down and visit with the residents. Residents return home with home-baked cookies for the residents who were not in attendance.
Eagle's Healing Nest is a retreat for veterans, service members and families that provides services for those veterans who return home with invisible wounds.
This year only five fish were caught - a new low for this event.