Ansonia American Legion Post 353 gives back to community

We couldn’t do this without community support, ... Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander, Jennifer Anthony

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Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander, Jennifer Anthony presents donation to Ansonia head football coach Adam Hall for each touchdown scored in 2023 season. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

ANSONIA – Ansonia American Legion Post 353 donates money each year to local causes throughout the year. December is when the organization celebrates the donations with the community and those who receive them, hosting recipients to pizza and soft drinks before distributing the charitable contributions to many local service organizations, clubs, and schools.

Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander, Jennifer Anthony presents donation to Girls Scout Troop of Western Ohio 3077. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We couldn’t do this without community support,” said Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander, Jennifer Anthony. “This community supports Veterans.”

The local Legion supports all facets of the community from Police, Fire and Rescue to Girl and Boy Scout Troops and from the football team to the band.

Community support is bringing your family to one of Post 140’s meals with the proceeds from the meal helping to pay for a child’s cost of sports uniform or a cushion to sit on in the school library. Donuts are treated to students for good grades and tablets given to excellent scholars are donated by the local Legion Post.

Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander, Jennifer Anthony presents donation to Ansonia Athletic Department. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Much of the Ansonia Schools weight room equipment has been paid for by donations from the Ansonia American Legion and Post 353 has expanded its generous giving to include many programs at Mississinawa Valley Schools as well. Post 353 members live not only in Ansonia but Darke County as well.

“We provide free meals each Tuesday to our members and a free meal at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Anthony stated. The American Legion is a great place for Veterans to join. We are here to help or just listen. You can be as active or not active as you choose to when you become a member.”

Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander, Jennifer Anthony presents American Legion Post 353 donation to the Library. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We also have Sons of the American Legion, which is a very active and fun group of guys. They take care of the Annual July 4th barbeque chicken dinner. The Ladies Auxiliary is a huge asset to our organization and they plan and help prepare meals for Veterans funerals as well as attend our Memorial and Veteran’s Day ceremonies. Both of these parts of our Legion Family also donate much time and money to various causes.

Ansonia American Legion is a family-friendly place and if you are a Veteran or the family of a Veteran, why not join us,” Anthony concluded.

Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander, Jennifer Anthony presents donation to Mississinawa Valley Athletic Department and Touchdowns. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Darke County Shriners, Ansonia Fire Department, Ansonia Rescue, Rossburg Fire Department, Ansonia High School Band, Mississinawa Valley Athletic Department, Greenville Honor Guard, Ansonia Tiger Cubs, Girl Scout Troop of Western Ohio 3077 & 3210, Ansonia Library, Ansonia Athletic Department Touchdowns, Mississinawa Valley Touchdowns, Ansonia Academic Boosters, were presented donations at the Monday night event.

Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander, Jennifer Anthony presents donation to Ansonia Academic Boosters. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Donations given out during the year include: Ansonia Local Schools (4th grade baseball), Ansonia High School Band, Gifts for Yanks, Parents Alliance, Ansonia Youth League, Ansonia Alumni Co-Ed, Post 31 East Palestine (disaster relief), Buckeye Boys State, Ansonia Local Schools (Pay it Forward), Birt’s Store (Easter candy), Ansonia Fire Department (sponsor Chicken BBQ), Ansonia Local Schools (after prom), DAR (Gold Star Monument), Jerry Koverman Memorial, American Legion 3rd District (golf scramble sponsor),  Hollansburg Post 708, Mississinawa Valley Schools (Scholarship), Quality Inn (displaced veterans family), Ansonia Alumni Association (Scholarship), Ansonia Parks Committee (4th of July Celebration), Ansonia High School Band (Memoria Day), Flag Cleanup Students, DCAFC (Fire Training Facility), Ansonia Athletic Boosters (sponsor in programs), Tribute (meals for First Responders), Ansonia Athletic Boosters (high jump pit), Darke County Veterans Services (Washington DC trip), Advertising Special Ties (cheerleader t-shirts to throw at games), and Ansonia Schools (yearbook ads – full page).

Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander, Jennifer Anthony presents donation to Ansonia Band. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander, Jennifer Anthony presents donation to Girls Scout Troop of Western Ohio 3210. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander, Jennifer Anthony presents donation to Ansonia Tiger Cubs. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander, Jennifer Anthony presents donation to Greenville Honor Guard represented by Gaylen Blosser. (Jim Kammer photo)