Beginning at 8am, several Madisonville Elks members gathered at Save-A-Lot grocery store and packed a literal truck-load of food onto a locally owned and operated semi tractor-trailer. Once loaded, the truck hauled the approximately 125 boxes of food to the Madisonville Elk’s Lodge where a celebratory breakfast had already gotten underway at 9am. With help from a Fugate Lumber forklift, the semi-trailer was unloaded and the Christmas baskets were assembled following the breakfast at approximately 10am. After completing the baskets, several Elks members personally delivered the baskets to individuals in need throughout the county.
To find out more on the charity event, iSurf News spoke with one of the Co-Chairs responsible for the Madisonville Elk’s 2010 Christmas Project program, Marisa Reed, who explained that, “Myself and Elon Jones are the Co-Chair persons for the 2010 Christmas Baskets project with the Madisonville Elks. We’re feeding 125 families this year. We were actually able to feed 153 last year, but we had somewhat of a ‘late start’ this year. Everyone out here today either donated something to raffle, donated money, or donated their time.”
As Reed noted, the baskets contain enough food to serve about 2 meals to a large family. Additionally, Reed said that each basket carries everything from ham, bacon, milk, orange juice, flour, and several types of canned goods, all the way to toilet paper and paper towels.
“The Elks members turn in the names of the families we deliver the baskets to,” added Reed, “and we like to start raising funds for the event right after Thanksgiving.”
Reed and Bob Simmons—another Elk’s Club member attending today’s event—also told iSurf News about other projects the Club has underway, including a Veteran’s Christmas Tree charity program where you choose a local veteran to shop for, as well as their involvement in the Elk’s National Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program, which as Simmons explained has been completed locally, but will culminate on a district level in January in Henderson, KY.
To find out more on the Elk’s National Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program please visit the following link: http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm.
Additionally, if you would like to shop for a local veteran during the holidays or are interested in becoming an Elks Club member, please visit the Madisonville Elks Club webpage for contact info by clicking the following address: http://www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?lodge=738.
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