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Benefit nets thousands for family
by Steve Beavers
Jul 22, 2013 | 73 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
VFW Post 3962 saw someone in need.

Then it took action to help.

A benefit to help a pair of young children who lost their mother in a fire last month netted $3,718.09 on Sunday. Following a donation by Modern Woodmen of America, the total is expected to reach over $5,200.

"All we did was see a need in the community and do something about it," said Post Men's Auxiliary President Tom Chartres. "It is what we are suppose to do."

Close to 150 people turned out for the benefit to help five-year-old Destiny Tucker and four-year-old Taylor Tucker. The children's mother, 23-year-old Amber Parker, died in a mobile home fire last month in Itawamba County. According to a report by the Itawamba County Sheriff's Department, Parker was seven months pregnant.

Both children were inside the mobile home when it caught fire, but got out uninjured.

The children's grandmother, Marie Tucker, approached the VFW Post about using the building for some sort of event to help raise money for a new home. VFW members stepped in to supply eveything involved with the hamburger and hot dog meal.

"The family was very appreciative they could use the building," added Chartes. "I thought we did pretty well as several people came throughout the day or sent in donations."

Post 6 has a membership of over 200. Last year the non-profit organization gave over $6,500 to charities. The local post is involved in such things as flag retirement ceremony each Flag Day in June, Patriotic Pen Essay Contest, Boy Scout of the Year Award, supporter of Pine Vale Children's Home, along with charitable supported of St. Jude and the Salvation Army among other things.
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