VFW plans Indian Taco fundraiser for Doolin flagpole

by Charles Gerian

Two weeks ago, the Blackwell Fire Department hoisted the city’s iconic American flag back up the flag pole on Doolin Avenue after a six-month hiatus. 

But at the time, Fire Chief Cory Hanebrink was quick to note that it was a temporary fix because of the condition of the flag pole. 

The cost to repair the flag pole, which is owned by Blackwell's Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary No. 2855, is approximately $9,000. Auxiliary President Sherry Landers is eager to see it fixed.

That’s why the VFW will be selling hand-made Indian tacos from 11 a.m to 7 p.m on Dec. 4. The organization will sell the tacos for $8 each, a cost that includes a drink and a dessert item. 

“The Indian taco fundraiser is going to be our first, to test the waters,” Landers said. “Then we would like to host a chicken and noodles one as well.”

Landers said the VFW is planning to deliver meals with the help of the fire department. 

“We have a lot of members who might be home-bound or are medically fragile, and we want to make sure everyone is included, so we will be delivering meals for the fundraiser in December.

“We can't thank the fire department enough for their help so far, and I've had countless people reaching out to me after seeing this story in the newspaper and on Facebook. The exposure really has helped.”

Donations toward the purchase of a new flag and flag pole can be made to the Blackwell Fire Department or to the VFW Auxiliary. To contact the fire department, call 580-363-5490. To contact Landers, call 580-262-0121.

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