“It’s heart-warming and heart-wrenching,” explains Grant Project Manager Cathy Leslie. “These children have so little and are very thankful for what we give.”
“We have definitely gained new members,” says Leslie. “People from the community see and hear about our projects and volunteer to help. We’ve had great membership growth.”
This year’s Christmas party is right around the corner and the Lodge is expecting 130 children to arrive with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. Thankfully, the Elks and their friend St. Nicholas will be at the Garland Lodge with crafts, coats, and a sleigh full of toys.
The Elks National Foundation will help Lodges meet local needs by investing up to $8.5 million this year in Elks communities through Beacon, Gratitude, Promise and Impact Grants. These grants offer Lodges opportunities to serve the community in ways that will raise the Lodge’s profile, energize the membership, encourage former members to return to the fold, and gain the notice of people who want to be part of an organization that’s doing great things. To learn more about the Community Investments Program, please visit www.elks.org/enf/community.