Vandalia VFW wearing their hearts on a tree

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) — Some big hearts are showing a lot of love in more ways than one.

Folks at the Vandalia VFW Post 9582 have chosen to wear their hearts on a tree.

“They started this a few weeks ago, just sitting around like what are we going to do for heart month, and of course Valentines day is coming in with all that,” said Post Commander Bob Hinshaw.

After several days of brainstorming, Post 9582 came up with a “Tree of Hearts.”

For a minimum of one dollar, you can buy a paper heart, and then write the name of your loved ones on it and then hang it on the tree.

“Doesn’t necessarily have to be a veteran or anything,” stated Senior Vice President Becky Rohrer. “It can just be a family member or anyone you want to recognize on the tree.”

Remembering family, friends, or loved ones lost, the VFW has sold about one hundred hearts and counting.

“Yeah, I made one out. I had my father and my two uncles who were both in the military, and I donated ten dollars,” said Hinshaw.

Paper thin, but the hearts are filled with a lot of love. The money raised will go towards supporting local veterans and other community organizations.

“How much good they do, even for the community. It doesn’t even have to be for vets. I mean, someone in need, we’ll step up,” stated Rohrer.

“I’ve been a part of this organization for over 35 years. I’m a proud veteran and everything we do around here makes me more proud,” stated Hinshaw.

If you would like more information on the VFW Post and other fundraisers the Post does, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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