The GIFTS TO THE YANKS WHO GAVE program was instituted in 1944 to remember our hospitalized War Veterans. The American Legion, Department of Illinois, has maintained this worthy program continuously since it's inception by distributing gifts annyally to each of our veteran patients at all of the V.A. Hospital and extended care units throughout Illinois. The GIFTS TO THE YANKS program has had the countinuous support and cooperation of our American Legion Posts and Auxiliary Units, the S.A.L/, 40/8, 8/40 as well as receiving private contributions from individuals, businesses and other veteran organizations.
The last sentence of our Legion Preamble asks us to "consecrate and sanctify our Comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness." and part of the opening prayer at our meetings includes "we ask thy blessing and comfort for those Comrades who are suffering mental and physical disability. Cheer them and bring back to them the blessing of the health and happiness." Many of our comrades are hospitalized and in need of the "Mutual Helpfulness, Cheer and Happiness." For god and Country we thank you for your support!