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American Legion dances for Arc Livingston provide joy to all involved

A partnership between the American Legion and Arc Livingston is being recognized its positive effect on everyone involved.

Picture – Post 141 Facebook page

The American Legion’s national website, Legion.org, last week highlighted the dances held regularly over the past six years at the American Legion Devereaux Post 141 in Howell.

The dances are for members of The Arc of Livingston, which provides advocacy, information and support services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

As the article notes, “while the dances are meant to be enjoyed by the Arc citizens, they’ve also become a highlight for Post 141’s Legion Family, serving as a collaborative effort between the Post, Auxiliary Unit, Sons of The American Legion and the Legion Riders that brings smiles to all their members’ faces.”

SAL Squadron 141 Commander and Chapter 141 Legion Rider Chris Jones said the dances provide Arc members a chance to interact with people and in ways they don’t normally get to.

“Let’s be honest: with some of their disabilities, they can’t just walk out … and visit people,” he said. “They can’t go some places because of their limitations. With that being said, when they come to our place, we do not look at them as any kind of special needs people or with disabilities. We look at them as our friends. They get to spend three hours not being stereotyped by our members. Our members truly want to be there and enjoy their time there.”

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