Honoring a Loved One by Adopting a Flag in McAdoo

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MCADOO, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — An annual tradition is expanding in a local community.
The Adopt-A-Flag program has been around for decades, but now, organizers are taking steps to make it even bigger.

Red, white and blue, stars and stripes…. waving in the wind.
It’s a pretty sight you’ll find when going around the borough of McAdoo and Kline Township.
But right now, there’s only a few flags hanging.

The McAdoo Lions Club wants to change that with the Adopt-A-Flag Fundraiser.
Anyone can adopt a flag for a 25-dollar contribution and dedicate the flag to a loved one.

“It doesn’t have to be in honor of a serviceman or woman it can be in honor of someone who passed on that was important to that person.” McAdoo Lions Club member Gary Perna said.

Jerry Notaro buys a flag every year.

“I purchase a flag usually in memory of my parents, Joseph and Santa Notaro,” said Notaro.

He’s one of about 30 people who signs up year after year to dedicate a flag through the program… But this year the lions club is hoping to bump up that number. This program has been going on for years, but members hope this year can be it’s biggest yet with a goal of selling 80 flags.  The goal coincides with the 80th anniversary of the Lions Club.

“The money raised from this all benefits local projects we do through the lions club.” Perna said.

Projects that help local little league teams and fire companies.

“This is one way we’re hoping we can get a couple more dollars in the door with the flags, we can give a little more back this year.” Perna said.

The flags will hang on utility poles around the borough of McAdoo and Kline Township.
You’ll see them on Kennedy Drive, Blaine Street, Market Street, and Fourth Street.

“It adds a nice touch in our area.” Perna said.

If the Lions Club reaches its goal of 80 flags, members will expand the area to Hancock Street, Kelayres, and into McAdoo Heights.

“It gives you a sense of pride in the community when you see the flags.” stated Notaro

Lions Club members will begin hanging the flags around McAdoo on May 30. They’ll be on display until September 11th.
 

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