Knowledge is power. A core element of the Auxiliary’s mission, caring for our children and youth, is
sharply focused on educating adults about the needs of our young people. We believe that the
more people know and understand about the needs of the children in their communities, the more
interest they will have in learning how they can help meet those needs.
In the American Legion Auxiliary, we do more than talk about it. The Auxiliary provides significant
cash assistance and direct service and supports legislation that affects children at the local, state,
and national levels. And while all children are important, the Auxiliary particularly focuses on
helping the children of our veterans and active military.
To recognize and reward the positive actions of our children and youth, the Auxiliary bestows two
special national awards to youth nominated by local units. The Youth Hero Award recognizes
someone under 18 years of age who performs a heroic act of physical bravery. The Good Deed
Award is for youths under 18 years of age who have contributed in a special way to society
through community service.
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation was created in 1954 to provide other nonprofit
organizations with the means to educate the public about the special needs of children, particularly
advocating preventive solutions. The Auxiliary supports this organization monetarily and promotes
its mission, in partnership with The American Legion and The Sons of The American Legion.
Youth Hero Award focuses on youths under the age of 18 who have performed a heroic deed. As a Unit you can nominate by writing a
description of the act of heroism on the appropriate form. Newspaper clippings may be included to substantiate the information. Two members
of your Unit must certify the act and MUST send the application to the Department Secretary for her certification. The award is free of charge
and will be shipped within 7 weeks of receipt. The 1 ¾" circular medal hangs on a red/white/blue ribbon. This award may be used to honor a
youth who performed actions such as; rescue of someone from a burning building, attempted to stop a mugger attacking an elderly person,
saved a drowning victim, rescued a child from a potential kidnapper, called 911 when observing child abuse, notified school officials after
observing a probable theft, etc. The Unit may make the presentation of the Youth Hero Award at a special ceremony or at an Auxiliary meeting.
Contact the Department Children &Youth Chairman for additional information.
100% of all funds raised within any Department remains within that Department for treatment of their children. Participating Washington
hospitals at this time include Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle; Casey Family Partners, Spokane; Deaconess Medical
Center, Spokane; Deer Park Hospital, Deer Park; Holy Family Hospital, Spokane; Mt. Carmel Hospital, Colville; Northwest Med Star Air
Ambulance, Spokane; Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chewelah; and St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Spokane. These
hospital have agreed to follow each participating patient from the first time they are treated until the completion of their condition.
Please review the awards listing to see how your Unit may be recognized for your efforts in the Children’s Miracle Network program. The
year-round activity can be as simple or involved as your Unit may desire. Continue reading to see ideas which may help you decide how this
charity will work for your Unit.
A local organized walk-a-thon by members across our nation the Saturday before Flag Day is an option. If that date doesn’t work, select one
that does. Solicit pledges and select a site that is conducive to the members….a park, high school track, hiking trail, or public street blocked off
for the event. Maybe you could make this a family event with special awards for largest family, youngest family, first place stroller
Another fund raising idea is to purchase Josh (a soft toy dog of non-allergenic material who is housed in a unique dog house). Included with
Josh, is an animated children’s book entitled "I’ll Be OK". Through the words of the Golden Retriever who learns he is to have surgery, a child
facing the fears of their own surgery can receive courage and hope. Your Unit can either purchase and present Josh to a child you know
personally or give him to a local hospital for their use. Josh can also be purchased to use as a raffle item to raise funds for Children's Miracle
Network. A percentage of the sale of each Josh kit is donated to the CMN hospital in the purchaser’s area. Single purchases are $32.87 plus
$4.00 shipping; a case of 6 is $167.29 ($27.89ea) plus $9.00 shipping. You may wish to join another Unit when purchasing to receive the lower
price. Website is www.joshandfriends.com.
Specialty items are provided to Units free of charge to sell for $1.00 each as another choice of fund raising. There are Miracle Balloons and Flag
Icon cards that can be sold at post homes, county and state fairs or other community activities. After being signed by the donors, hang them in a
prominent community place or your post home to give recognition to those who show their support. All of these funds will go directly to the
Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Please see attached order form.
The first weekend following Memorial Day, local television stations will conduct a telethon. Volunteer to help with this major fund-raising event.
The American Legion Auxiliary will be publicly recognized for their efforts. If your Unit or you know of another Auxiliary Unit who has made an
outstanding contribution, notify the Children’s Hospital so they may participate on the telethon. And last but not least, use your own creative
ideas to raise funds that will assist with this worthy project.
Child Safety Children are our greatest resource. They are our future. Your Unit may wish to concentrate your time educating parents. Many
resource materials are available from the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary for distribution within your local community to help
stress awareness for child safety. National Children & Youth materials which can be ordered include:
- Warning Signs
- Gateway Drugs
- Halloween Brochures
- Play It Safe Booklet
- Delinquency Prevention
- Safety Tips for Outdoor Fun
- Warning Signs, Suicide Prevention
- Fire Protection/Prevention Program
- National Crime Prevention Program
Contact Department Headquarters or submit a Supply Order Form. Also, don’t forget to include your Unit information in the appropriate space on
the back of each brochure.
Children's Miracle Network The American Legion Family has been working together since 1997 to support their local Children's Miracle
Network affiliated children’s hospitals with funding to assist with the treatment of children in need of medical attention. Fourteen million children
with all types of diseases, birth defects, and injuries are treated annually at children’s hospitals, regardless of their ability to pay. No child in
need of treatment is ever turned away.