Letter: Barrington and Riverside supermarkets should be ashamed

To the editor:
Some the people of Barrington and Riverside may have noticed that representatives of the V.F.W. were not at the Shaw’s Markets (Barrington and Riverside) over the Memorial Day Weekend soliciting donations for “Buddy Poppies”.
Despite repeated requests, the management of each market would not accommodate the V.F.W. Post’s request to set up inside their foyers. Given the inclement weather and the fact that the average age of those soliciting is over 65, a decision was made (which I fully supported) to forego the only fund-raising event of the V.F.W. Post.
This is most unfortunate. Of the $3,535.65 raised Memorial Day weekend 2012, $2,000 goes to graduating senior students of Barrington High School and East Providence Senior High School ($1,000 each). Awards to the winners of the Post’s Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contests plus dinner costs for their parents amounted to $332.
A donation to the local troop of Boy Scouts was $100 and Christmas gifts to the residents and patients of the Veterans’ Home and Veterans’ Hospital amounted to over $600. Oh yeah, and the post spent $220 on 2,000 “Buddy Poppies” which will be gathering dust somewhere!
Sadly, none of these donations will occur over the course the next year.
I guess it is easy to pay lip service to sacrifices made by veterans, but to actually do something that helps the veterans as well as the community appears to be too difficult.
In closing, I will say that, despite the inconvenience, I intend to do my marketing elsewhere.
Michael W. Tripp, USMC 1965-1969

Barrington

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5 Comments

  1. DAVETAXPREP said:

    mike I share you concerns as a fellow veteran, I had my share trying to do fundraisers and running into the same. It is called Liability issues and that outways Veterans and the fundraisers they hold. I would hope that the manager of Shaw’s see’s the wrong done here and offers them a spot with a tent in the event of rain or bad weather for next year. A little pre-planning could mend the wrong done here.

  2. Pat McDonald said:

    No disrespect to my VFW Comrades However Buddy Poppy donations are only to be used to fund your local Veterans relief programs. not to be used for anything but veterans and their families in need in your area. Any other use of the fund is not allowed. The Buddy poppy is a time honored tradition in the US. Many corporations are afraid of lawsuits and this is a shame. The VFW has buddy poppy days around or during memorial day and Veterans day holidays. But the donations are only for veterans relief, not scholarships. Edward J. McDonald Athens Pa. Viet Nam veteran ( Warren High School Class of 1970)

  3. Russell Erwin said:

    Shop at Stop& Shop, Or the soon to be completed Market Basket instead. They might not be so politically correct or unamerican! This crap is getting beyond nauseating!

    • onward73 said:

      What is politically correct or un-American about an employee following company policy? Do you have information about the motives of Shaw’s policy that would show them to be either un-American or overly PC?

  4. DAVETAXPREP said:

    onward73 – I do not think this issue is about the store following company policy, and people should realize this, I think this is more this information was not made available to the VETS until the last minute, and with the bad weather is what has caused this issue. I think that Shaws should have learned something from this and be better prepared to ensure the location is now set in place for future events.

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