2022 Secret Soldier Santa Poster

Although we would all like to put the pandemic behind us, there are some things, and some people, still suffering in its wake. This year has continued to be difficult for many of those Veterans who either live or receive treatment at the Northport VA Medical Center (NVAMC). Due to ongoing concerns for their health and safety, our Veterans will again not be permitted to receive traditional gifts items this holiday season.

For two years we have reached out to you for your support of the Secret Soldier Santa program at the NVAMC and your overwhelmingly generous response enabled the success of the program. We would like to call upon you once again.

While we cannot do our clothing Gift Bag program, we can still honor our Veterans and help bring them some holiday cheer. Similar to last year, the Secret Soldier Santa Program will not have a party hosted by Santa. Since actual gifts are not permitted, gift cards (which can be sanitized) will be distributed to our Veterans for use in purchasing gifts for their children. This empowerment to purchase the gift items their children would love to receive is one of the greatest gifts we can give a Veteran. We are working to raise money to purchase these gift cards from major stores and your donations will help make this happen.

On Saturday, November 19th, from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm, our Junior Auxiliary members and our Scouts will be in the back outdoor section of Raindew in Manhasset accepting monetary donations in a contactless manner. Safe distancing and safety measures will be followed. We are very grateful to Raindew for their continued support of our Veterans and the American Legion Auxiliary’s ongoing programs. This is a very generous and patriotic gesture on their part.

Post 304 of the Manhasset American Legion, 27 Bayview Avenue, will also be open on Saturday, November 19th, from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm, to accept donations for this worthy cause. There will be a totally contactless “Drive-By Donation” site in the parking lot and a “Walk-By Donation” site at the front door.

Donations may be made in cash, by check, or by credit card. Checks should be made payable to American Legion Auxiliary and may be dropped off on November 19th or mailed to American Legion Auxiliary, 27 Bayview Avenue, Manhasset, NY 11030. American Legion Auxiliary Manhasset Unit 304 is a 501(c)(19) tax exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

Please join us in spreading cheer to those who have sacrificed so much in the service of our great nation and in the preservation of our freedoms. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our Veterans. May you each be blessed in abundance at this beautiful holiday season.

For additional information, please feel free to contact Pat O’Brien, President, American Legion Auxiliary Manhasset Unit 304, at 516-850-5702 or

Last year’s Secret Soldier Santa Fundraiser at Raindew

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