American Legion donates to veterans home _lowres

Photo provided by Jim Groody -- American Legion Post 164 presented $282 to the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson from donations made by residents of West Feliciana Parish on July 4. Gathered for the presentation, from left, are Post 164's Jim Groody, a U.S. Army veteran; Gus Freche, assistant administrator at the Louisiana Veterans Home; and Post 164's Tom Hildebrandt, a U.S. Navy veteran.

Members of American Legion Post 164, along with volunteers, served residents on Independence Day at the West Feliciana Parish Sports Park in St. Francisville.

The group prepared free hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and cold drinks, serving them to the community prior to the fireworks display.

Donations for the refreshments totaled $282, which was donated to the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson.

“Thanks to the generous people of West Feliciana Parish, we were able to assist our veterans in need,” American Legion member Jim Groody said.

Groody said Post 164’s effort was made possible thanks to the assistance of Park Director Rob Hunter, Parish President Kevin Couhig and Councilman Ricky Lambert, who assisted in serving the residents.

The Louisiana Veterans Foundation donated the meat for the hamburgers and hot dogs, Groody said.