2020 Christmas Gift Shops and Christmas Parties


Ft. Meade Gift Shop (Joanann Goeringer)

Sunday, November 15 – 10:00 am 

We will be starting at the chapel instead of the hospital, filling and wrapping gifts to ship. We will do a potluck each day we are there.  If anyone has a table and maybe a small heater if you get cold, the chapel does not have heat. Please bring them.  We are not sure how many days it will take.

Ft. Meade Christmas Party – (Piedmont Unit 311) – yet to be determined

There will not be an in-house party this year. Members will be gathering together to put together gift bags to be distributed.

Hot Springs State Home Gift Shop (Diane Simunek)

Saturday, November 14 – 12:00 pm (Mountain Time)

We will be meeting at the Hot Springs Post Home at 12:00 pm. We will be wrapping gifts and doing Christmas cards. 

Hot Springs State Home Christmas Party (Kim Geer and Mary Jo Stier)

There will not be an in-house Christmas Party at the State Home this year. Instead, we will be assembling gift bags for the residents on Saturday, November 14. We will get together at the Hot Springs Post Home on Saturday afternoon around 4:00 pm to assemble the bags and to write Christmas cards. 

Hot Springs VA Hospital Gift Shop (Susie Clyde)

The gift shop is set as scheduled. However, it will be a little different. We are allowed to only have two people help the veterans shop at any given time. After the veterans are all done shopping, we will have up to seven people come in and wrap the gifts to be mailed. 

Hot Springs VA Hospital Christmas Party (Terry Curry) – yet to be determined

Sioux Falls VA Hospital Gift Shop – (Julie Weinmann)

The VA will have a VA employee going to the Veterans and getting the gift requests.  They will then bring the list back to us and we will pick out the items and then wrap them and the VA employee will deliver the gifts to the Veterans room or we will mail them out.  The VA wants us to give to the Veteran plus 1 other gift.  The second gift will probably be mailed out.  We might be able to sneak in more than one other gift.  I will need only a few volunteers for this gift shop on Monday and Tuesday and would like them to stay the whole day.

Sioux Falls VA Christmas Party – (Kathy Geraets) - yet to be determined


Human Service Center Gift Shop - (Mary Jo Stier)

The Human Service Center staff will be having the veterans fill in a Christmas wish form and will send them to me the day before Thanksgiving. We will then need to go shopping for the gifts and line up a day to wrap. If you would like to help, please reach out to Mary Jo.


Human Service Center Christmas Party - (Mary Jo Stier)

The Christmas Party will be a catered meal on December 17. The Human Service Center Staff will be serving the meal for us. 

South Dakota
American Legion Auxiliary


2019 - 2021

South Dakota Department President

 Teresa Huntimer

  Theme: Always Remember Serving Veterans Not Self


 Flower - Red Rose 


  Colors:  Purple, Red, White & Blue



She Wore A Yellow Ribbon

Hallelujah by Sailor Jeri

One Pair of Hands - sung by Elvis Presley


The Official Presidential Pin of Teresa Huntimer has elements with specific meanings:

1. The Auxiliary crest is atop the pin to show my dedication to the mission of this organization.

2. The circular shape of the main field signifies never-ending dedication to Always Remembering our veterans.

3.The outer ring is purple representing all five military branches

4. The inner gold circle is representative of the sun and signifies hope on the horizon for resolution of our POW/MIA

5. The Battlefield Cross is in remembrance of our fallen, and it faces right to signify the eternal search for peace.

6. The four poppies at the bottom represent each of the four pillars of the Auxiliary’s mission; Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth.

Mission Statement

In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.