American Legion post seeing spike in donations after report of vandalism

Post Commander John Hampton said the money raised will not only be used to repair the damage to the building but also will go into their general fund to serve the community.

Posted: May 27, 2019 7:06 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- American Legion Post 83 is seeing a spike in donations after Eugene police said their building was vandalized over the weekend.

Police said the handrails and bricks near the building's entrance were torn down. They also said there was a chip in the flagpole.

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An online fundraiser set up to pay the insurance deductible has exceeded its goal of a $1000. Post Commander John Hampton said people have also dropped off cash donations that have a combined value of $3,000.

"It makes us feel like everything we've done and fought for and cared about and achieved over the years is truly appreciated by the community," Hampton said.

Hampton said the money raised will not only be used to repair the damage to the building but also will go into their general fund to serve the community. Hampton said they help with Bags of Love and provide scholarships.

12-year-old Logan Lawson is with Boy Scouts Troop 60 and has gone to Boy Scout Camp that was paid through an American Legion Post 83 scholarship. Now Logan wants to help the post rebuild to honor the veterans make sure they can continue to help others.

"I felt bad because what the veterans have done for us this whole time," Lawson said.

Hampton said they are now looking for a mason who has experience with this type of damage and can help them rebuild.

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