American Legion Riders Post 38 Deliver Thanksgiving Baskets to Local Families  


December 5, 2018

Geof Clark

American Legion Riders members display some of the items which were put in the Thanksgiving baskets. From the left are Dale Schoonover, Treasurer Karen Starr, Public Affairs Officer Cornell Penn, Secretary Tina Cooper, Adjutant John Langley, Color Guard Captain Tim Means, Betty Means, Frank Gallegos, Micha Kavanaugh and President Barry Bateman.

Prior to Thanksgiving, members of American Legion Riders Post 38 in Fountain, with the help of Fountain Police Department personnel, delivered 100 food baskets to local families just in time for the holiday. The baskets contained all the fixins' for a holiday meal. The items were collected via donations, fundraising, and purchases by members. FPD personnel selected and vetted the children and their families based on their exposure and select criteria in school. If there were extra baskets or ID'd families that were either reluctant or declined to receive the charity, pre-selected disabled veterans were targeted and offered the baskets along the escorted routes. This is a yearly tradition for members of the riders. "We wanted to make sure local families, who otherwise would not have been able to have a nice holiday dinner, had a nice Thanksgiving dinner," said Cornell Penn, who handles public affairs for the riders. "The riders believe it is their duty to care for not only fellow veterans but their surrounding community."


Getting ready to deliver food to a family are, clockwise from left, ALR Post 38 Asst. Sgt At Arms Jeff Starr, Bob Ravellette, Alex Jason, ALR Post 38 PAO Cornell Penn, ALR Post 38 Treasurer and Post 38 Jr. Vice Commander Karen Starr, ALR Post 38 Communications Officer/Auxiliary Vice President Dena Colby and Stacey Sanchez.


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