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VFW donates PA system, equipment to CYFL

Friday, September 4, 2009

It only took a handful of days.

Approximately 10 days after representatives with the Clay Youth Football League discovered someone had stolen the public address system at McKinney Field, an area organization stepped up to the plate and delivered.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127, 303 S. Depot St., Brazil, has agreed to donate its old PA system to the league.

"This worked out real well for us," CYFL President Mitch Hyatt said. "I'm pretty amazed with the V.F.W. Those guys are awesome. That's something you don't get a lot of times.

"(The V.F.W.) coming through that fast, I think it shows good community support. There's good people still in the community that want to help out."

CYFL board member Mike Rader contacted The Brazil Times Aug. 28, informing of the theft.

He said the items stolen from the facility were valued at more than $1,000, and included the PA system and a wireless microphone system.

The system and microphones were attached to a table made by PDF, Inc., Brazil.

V.F.W. Post 1127 Senior Vice Commander Bob Bigley told The Brazil Times after reading about the stolen PA equipment, he felt like the organization should do something.

Bigley said members of the V.F.W. started a discussion regarding what they could do.

"When we found out about this, we thought what could we do for them," Bigley said. "We could donate money to help them get a new PA system, but we couldn't come up with any ideas.

"We thought we've got to do something for these guys."

After racking their brains, V.F.W. members Michael Galloway and Steve Cohee suggested donating the old unit out of the organization's old building.

"I looked at them dumbfounded and said, 'My God, why didn't I think about that,'" Bigley said.

Bigley added the V.F.W. then voted on it and elected to donate the system.

"It worked fine for us for years," Bigley said. "I used it every Wednesday night for Bingo."

Bigley said the V.F.W. no longer needs the system as a state-of-the-art PA system is currently housed in its new building.

"We're extremely happy about this," Bigley said. "The V.F.W. does a lot of things in the community that people don't know about."

Bigley informed Hyatt of the donation Thursday.

"He told me he was ecstatic," Bigley said.

"We're very appreciative," Hyatt said. "(The V.F.W.) has been really good to us this year. They bought a banner and they are sponsoring a team."

Hyatt said delivery of the PA system could come as early as Tuesday.

No games are scheduled to take place during the weekend, but the league returns to action Tuesday.

"Hopefully, we'll have it ready," Hyatt said.

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Thanks, again, VFW, for all you have done and all you will do.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Sat, Sep 5, 2009, at 4:46 AM

Nice. Wouldn't expect anyting less from a group that has the word "Vetrans" in it. Thanks for setting a great example for our young kids.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sat, Sep 5, 2009, at 5:27 AM

A big "THANK YOU" to the guys and gals at V.F.W. Post 1127 for this donation.

This is a fine example of serving the community. It is also a great example of thinking.The V.F.W. saw a need, looked for a solution to meet that need, and discovered that they had a replacement on hand that did not require much effort on their part but would meet the need.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Sep 5, 2009, at 6:52 AM

Thank you to the VFW, I am sure the kids, the coaches and the community as a whole appreciates this more than you realize. It is not just about money to buy a new system, it is about realizing that the league is getting recognized by others for the good that it does. Thanks again.

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Sat, Sep 5, 2009, at 7:36 AM

What an amazing gesture, but who would expect anything different from vets!!

-- Posted by RickS on Sat, Sep 5, 2009, at 12:00 PM

Way to go V.F.W.! This means so much to the CYFL! Thank you for doing what you did to help support a great organization built for the kids!

-- Posted by Reader11 on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 1:12 PM

Way to go Vets, still giving. Good to see something nice in the news for a change. You guys have made many people happy. Thank you.

-- Posted by confused33 on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 9:26 AM

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