The Ottawa Glandorf High School Softball Seniors donated items that American Legion Post 63 will deliver to the Dayton VA Medical Center. Pictured are (from left): Post 63 Commander Ed foreman, Post 63 Sergeant at Arms Dave Yoder, OG Softball Seniors Aubrey Schnipke, Haley Karhoff, and Erica Annesser, and OG Softball Head Coach Stan Myers. Other softball seniors involved in the project include: Lexi Kitchen, Emily Krukowski, Sydney Porinchok, Jasmyne Rich, and Brianna Siebeneck - Putnam Sentinel
The Ottawa Glandorf High School Softball Seniors donated items that American Legion Post 63 will deliver to the Dayton VA Medical Center. Pictured are (from left): Post 63 Commander Ed foreman, Post 63 Sergeant at Arms Dave Yoder, OG Softball Seniors Aubrey Schnipke, Haley Karhoff, and Erica Annesser, and OG Softball Head Coach Stan Myers. Other softball seniors involved in the project include: Lexi Kitchen, Emily Krukowski, Sydney Porinchok, Jasmyne Rich, and Brianna Siebeneck. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)

OTTAWA — The Ottawa-Glandorf High School Girls’ Softball seniors hit a grand slam for veterans this Christmas.

Earlier in the year, O-G Head Softball Coach Stan Myers had seen a flyer that Ottawa’s Kerner-Slusser American Legion Post 63 would be collecting items to donate to the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Dayton, OH.

“I gave a copy (of the flyer) to the girls, and the girls took it from there,” Myers related.

“Stan approached us and said this would be a great way to give back to our veterans who have done so much for our country,” said senior Erica Annesser. “Since we have many veterans in our community, it means a lot more to us.”

All of the senior softball girls have an after-school job, according to senior Aubrey Schnipke, so they used their own money to pay for the items. The girls pooled their funds and went on a shopping spree, where they selected coffee, razors, toothbrushes, word search books, shaving cream, and chapstick.

Post 63 members have been taking items to the VA for more than 50 years. Veteran John Cunningham currently heads up the mission.

“Families brought items to the American Legion Christmas party this past weekend. We also accept monetary donations,” he noted. Cunningham said the Legion usually takes a van load of donated goods to the VA every year.

This is the second year the OGHS Softball Team has done this project. Senior Haley Karhoff expressed, “The veterans give a lot to our community and our country, and this is a good way to show our appreciation to them. They are great role models for us.”