Cigar Leisure takes it’s civic duties very seriously and we contribute to the below charities on a daily basis and ask that you participate any way you can.
Cigars for Warriors
Cigars for Warriors provides cigars for military personnel deployed to designated combat zones across the globe who do not have access to them. The goal is to provide these men (and women) a few moments of R&R (Rest & Relaxation), foster comaritie and a bonding experience in a stressful situation.
Unfortunately the FDA prohibits the “giving” of cigars which bars cigar manufacturers from “donating” cigars at no cost so that leaves donations from private parties like you and I.
Please join us in this worthy cause and support our troops in harm’s way!
VFW National Home for Children
The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children
“The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children will provide children, youth and families of veterans, active-duty military and members of the VFW and its Auxiliary opportunities for growth and development in a nurturing community, and by doing so will serve as a living memorial to all veterans.”
Founded in 1925 as a place where the families left behind by war – mothers and children, brothers and sisters – could remain together, keeping the family circle intact even when their serviceman didn’t come home.
The idea for the National Home was first planted in 1923 when the Military Order of the Cootie presented the concept to the VFW at its national convention. Members of the VFW embraced the idea of a home for the children and families of veterans, and the VFW National Home for Children was born as a non-profit corporation separate from the VFW itself.
While the task seemed insurmountable, Dr. Candler turned over the limited facilities of the VFW to Mrs. Ross, and she went to work. “What followed is history (over 9,000 veterans were found employment),” he wrote in the Nov. 1924 issue of the Golden Stripe, Michigan’s VFW Newspaper. “But not all of you know that the present high standing of the VFW in Michigan, our wonderful headquarters in the General Motors Building, the Yanks Convalescent Camp, Inc., our 300-grave burial plot at Roseland Cemetery, and our new $500,000 VFW National Home, Inc. all came as a direct result of Amy Ross’ sacrifices for the veterans of this community.”
Through Amy Ross’ efforts, millionaire cattleman Corey Spencer came to meet with Dr. Candler in the summer of 1924. Having learned of Amy’s great work and the needs of the VFW, Mr. Spencer had an idea. He had 472 Acres of land near Eaton Rapids, Michigan, known as the Grand River Stock Farm, and he wanted to make it a gift to the VFW. Spencer’s offer was presented to the 1924 Convention in Atlantic City, where the Commander-in-Chief appointed a committee to investigate the offer and report back to the National Council of Administration.
Tragically, Amy Ross never lived to see the VFW National Home became a reality. After her untimely death in 1924, the VFW gave Miss Ross a military funeral. Dr. Candler was quoted as saying, “Amy Ross dead? No, she has just commenced to live…When that new little city arises out of the ground near Eaton Rapids called the VFW National Home, you will hear Amy singing a lullaby to some veteran’s orphan.”
Over the years, the National Home has evolved to meet the changing needs of America’s military and veterans’ families. Through it all, one thing has remained constant: the National Home’s commitment to honor our nation’s veterans and active-duty military by providing help and hope for their children and families.
The VFW National Home for Children has a very special meaning for me. The above photo contains four of my seven siblings who resided at the Home after our parents tragic deaths in the early 60’s. My dads background as a Marine in the Pacific during WW ll afforded them an education and safe and caring environment to adulthood.
Toys for Tots
The mission of the program “is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.”
The stated goal is to “deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens.”
Toys for Tots began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947. Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but couldn’t find any organization to do so. At her suggestion, he gathered a group of local Marine reservists, including Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton, who coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside Warner Bros. movie theaters. Their efforts were so successful that, in 1948, Toys for Tots was launched as a national campaign.
Until 1979, Marine reservists (frequently in their dress blue uniforms) and volunteers would collect and refurbish used toys. In 1980, only new toys were accepted.
In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve and In 1991, the Secretary of Defense authorized the creation and affiliation with the non-profit charity foundation.
Noting in 1996 that many communities did not have a Marine reservist presence, the commander of the Marine Forces Reserve authorized Marine Corps League detachments and other local organizations to fill the gaps in toy collection and distribution.
As of 2016, the Toys for Tots Program and Foundation have collected and distributed more than 512 MILLION toys.
ALL Charities supported by Cigar Leisure are military related.
At checkout you will have the option to make a personal donation to one of our select charities and Cigar Leisure matches your donations, dollar for dollar, up to $25.00.
Donald Rich CWO-4 USMC (Ret)