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Retired vets give calendar profits to charity

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

They are American veterans turned calendar girls turned philanthropists. Fourteen women from the "greatest generation" turned a fun project into a chance to give back.

On Tuesday, the ladies who posed for the Armed Forces Retirement Home's rather "racy" calendar were all smiles as they handed over a big check to a great organization.

With a big grin from ear to ear Miss December, Bettylu Dennis said, "It was fun!"

She and 13 fellow veterans at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport never dreamed their calendar girl creation would be so much fun and such a huge success.

"It's been wonderful, wonderful," Dennis said. "The people were so receptive wherever we went."

They are not only beauties inside and out, but turned out to be very persuasive sales ladies selling 11,000 worth of calendars at different events and outside local stores in just a few months.

Miss April, Barbara Folk said with a chuckle their sales pitch is simple. "Well, we're old so you have to buy one. We're unusual, not your usual calendar girls."

These calendar girls have big smiles and even bigger hearts. They've already given a thousand dollars to Feed My Sheep in Gulfport and couldn't wait to hand over an even bigger check of $10,000.

Volunteer Ted Hearn with Feed My Sheep happily accepted their gift and said this one check will feed thousands for two whole months.

"The way they give their hearts to the community in such a great way today, it's just so exciting to see," Ted Hearn said.

The administrator of the Armed Forces Retirement Home said they estimate the ladies will raise about $15,000 for Feed My Sheep and they did it all on their own.

"That's an amazing accomplishment that they've done and we're so proud of the ladies," Dickerson said.

They're pretty proud of themselves and have loved every minute of it.

Bettylu Dennis said on behalf of all of her friends, "We've had a ball, we've had a great time."

To help Feed My Sheep and get your autographed calendar for just $15, go meet the Calendar Girls Saturday, December 15 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi near the Dillard's entrance.

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