Elks Lodge gives baskets to county seniors
Christmas is a word still very much in the vocabulary of the Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670.
“The sense of giving and sharing with the community embodies an important philosophy of all Elks. It gives us great personal satisfaction to see the joy and surprise on the faces of those receiving the baskets,” said Christmas basket program chairman Bob Allgeier.
Once again, the lodge, with important input from Douglas County Senior Services, prepared and distributed Christmas baskets to selected members of the senior community. The program is a cooperative effort between the Elks Lodge and Douglas County Senior Services. It has worked well for several years and is a successful program – returning to the community that which comes from the community.
“The funds raised at our spaghetti dinner-bingo night in early December each year supports this important community program,” said Allgeier. “The money generated from the community is returned to those seniors in the community who can well use a helping hand.”
The baskets were assembled and distributed by lodge members on Dec. 24 this year.
“The baskets differ substantially from the typical baskets distributed by other organizations,” said Allgeier. “We specifically shop for food, paper goods and items promoting the good health and personal hygiene needed over time by seniors. Many of us, being seniors ourselves, have an acute awareness of products needed by the senior community.
“The baskets are tailored to those needs and some of the products are distributed in sufficient quantity to provide an annual need.
“In addition, certain of our members and wives contribute cash, which is given seperately to the seniors along with the product items.
“These cash donations allow a flexibility for each senior to make their individual decision of its use, be it needed for prescriptions, utilities or other critical needs.”