The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 3693 held its Buddy Poppy Drive on Oct. 25 at the Gonzales Wal-Mart.

In May, 1922, VFW began its first distribution of poppies made in France, a news release said.

Demand exceeded supply, so florists in New York made up the shortage. The next year, at the VFW national convention, a plan was adopted to have disabled veterans assemble the poppies.

The small, red paper poppies are still assembled in veterans hospitals and homes cross the country to raise money for veterans and their families.

The group collected $887.45, which will be donated to veterans and their families.