American Legion members help child's fundraiser

Posted at 12:21 AM, Oct 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-04 00:21:24-04

Alan Landers' interest in the Honor Flight all started a little over two years ago when a teacher suggested the student's work on a community service project.  He raised about $3,500 for the Honor Flight during his first fundraiser.  Last year he raised about $10,000.  Now, Alan want's to raise about $20,000 to send 50 veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials.


"They are the real heroes and I like super heroes, so I decided to do something for the real heroes," said Landers.


The 8-year-old has a "Go Fund Me" campaign that has helped his effort this year, but Saturday afternoon he received a surprise.  Several Tampa Bay American Legion posts got together to raise $2,100 for Landers' campaign.


"Somebody at that age, its very unusual to see that and we are very proud of what he's doing," said American Legion District Commander Bruce Carl.


Landers is holding fun run next Saturday evening at Freedom Lake Park in Pinellas Park.  He hopes to surpass his $20,000 goal.


"I'm thinking that I might actually reach my goal," said Landers.