Sharptown American Legion hosts holiday fair supporting local veterans, showcasing small businesses

SHARPTOWN, Md. – Sunday’s rainfall didn’t stop the Sharptown American Legion from extending a help hand this giving season, hosting their 2nd annual Holiday Fair.

All proceeds support their Christmas for a Veteran program, assisting services on Delmarva like the Heroes Haven network. “With some of our programs, we were helping people that we not local. By starting this program all the funds are staying local,” Sharptown Legion Post 218 Financial Officer Jen Wheatley said.

“We actually went and delivered care packages to their house, so it’s a good thing that we’re giving back,” Sharptown Legion Women’s Auxiliary Vice President Michelle Webster said.

Attendees got to do some early gift shopping with local vendors and even got a chance to snap a picture with Mr. and Mrs. Clause.

Each vendor also donated an item that was placed in a raffle to support the groups future programming. “That really helps us with a lot of the funding and stuff that we need to provide goods and other stuff to the veterans,” Wheatley said.

Although veteran support was the focus of the day, Webster tells us the event also allowed the community the opportunity to get familiar with many small businesses right in their own backyard.

“I talked to a few of them and a lot of them are retired or a lot of them do have family that are veterans,” Webster said.

“These are ones that do it for their living.”

Last year, the group was able to help 30 veterans and their families.

Those we spoke with say they’re hoping for help even more this holiday because, “The smile on their face is worthy a million words,” Wheatley said.

If you weren’t able to get that event today, donations are still being accepted for the Christmas for a Veteran program.

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