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American Legion Post 99 and the Sons of the American Legion have undertaken a tremendous effort to help area businesses and show appreciation to frontline workers.

Jack “Captain Jack” Hudspeth said with his legendary dry humor: “I had a brain wave.”

He woke up one morning with the idea and passed it along to the American Legion Post 99 Commander and Sons of the American Legion commander – Big Sky School District teacher Tony Coppola on “1 Apr. at 1730.”

The commanders agreed it could be a valuable project. The legion phone tree was activated the following day and votes showed overwhelming approval.

“Our purpose was to help businesses that have supported us in the past. We've added to groups we're giving to based on suggestions from our members,” he said.

Twenty-one businesses made the initial list and the group purchased $200 worth of gift certificates from each business. More businesses will be helped as they get closer to their opening days.

“Right now we have given on average 10 certificates to 14 separate groups that include frontline workers,” he said. The legion has shown their appreciation to employees of the hospital, fire department, sheriff ’s department, the post office, Country Market grocery store, gas stations, banks, newspapers, Big Sky County Water and Sewer, 3 Rivers, Big Sky School District and the Food Bank.

Last week, Hudspeth reported they had another 25 gift certificates to give away. With five more businesses left to support, more gift certificates will be available.

While they have received several thank you cards and everyone has been appreciative, Hudspeth said no one has been more so than Tyler Lura of 3 Rivers.

“He was especially appreciative because nobody thinks to say thanks to them,” he said.

The address for the American Legion Post 99 Big Sky is P.O. Box 160144, Big Sky, MT 59716

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