Members of the Brandon American Legion Post 55 are seeking to expand the posts mission to include an American Red Cross relief shelter. The shelter would serve the counties of Rutland and Addison in the event of a natural disaster or major terrorist attack. The post is located on Franklin Street (Route 7) south of downtown Brandon. The effort will require approval by the Red Cross and an expansion of the post facility to include an emergency kitchen, food and water storage, emergency power, and space for housing displaced area residents. No other Legion post in the region has an ARC relief shelter. The idea for the shelter was originated by Edsel Lowell, post commander, and Al Maxham, adjutant commander, among others. According to Harold Adams, Legion Post 55 membership chairman, the post must raise $100,000 for the project. Were canvassing area businesses for financial help, Adams said. We started our fundraising in July and will continue through the fall. Part of the fundraising effort includes selling business advertising in the posts newsletter, a publication mailed directly to more than 500 members. Members strongly support advertisers appearing in the newsletter, said Adams, so its a big value at $100 a year for a business card-size display ad. We have a $4,000 raffle underway to raise funds, too; in addition, we welcome donations for the relief shelter project directly. To learn more about how you can support the relief shelter project, contact Adams at 802-247-5557.