Elks continue decades-long Christmas tradition

Elks continue decades-long Christmas tradition

CARLINVILLE (Jan. 11, 2018) – Just before Christmas, the Carlinville Elks delivered 200 food baskets full of basic nutritional food to families in the Carlinville area to provide them with several meals during the holidays.

On delivery day, Elks, as well as friends of the Elks, arrived at the Carlinville lodge to share a hearty breakfast prepared by the past exalted rulers. Volunteers loaded their vehicles, and the organized chaos soon turned into efficient delivery of the food baskets. By noon, all baskets had been delivered.

The Christmas baskets have been a tradition at the Carlinville Elks Lodge since the early 1950s and is an example of their motto, “Elks Care — Elks Share.”

James Duncan (project chair) and the Elks thank everyone who helped with the Christmas baskets project, including the area businesses and individuals who donated funds to purchase the food. “We are very proud to live in a community that continually steps up when asked to assist their fellow citizens in need. Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 62, their leaders, as well as friends of Elks who helped fill the baskets with food.”

Roger Goodman and Tony Wiggins load boxes of food into a truck to be delivered to local families in need.

More than 40 volunteers, including Elks members and friends and Boy Scout Troop 62, packed and delivered more than 200 boxes of food to area families before Christmas.

Dawn Sanson carries a box of food to be loaded into a truck for delivery.