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"Honoring the Past-Embracing the Future"

Chicago, IL – Local Elks Lodges from every state, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone will be busy helping our communities this holiday season. Thousands of needy families will receive food baskets and presents. The Elks National President, Robert L. Duitsman’s motto is "Honoring the Past-Embracing the Future".

Elk volunteers will visit thousands of hospitalized Veterans who have protected our freedoms. The Elks vow that “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” The Elks support both active military forces and retired veterans. Elks furnish food, comfort care items, therapeutic items and gifts, host holiday celebrations and recreational activities at bases and hospitals, and stand ready to fulfill any need when called upon. Last year alone, the total value of Elks’ contributions to our nation’s Veterans was $50 million, and our members served more than 677,000 Veterans. Most recently, Elks have pledged to help end Veteran homelessness by pledging millions of dollars to assist Veterans experiencing homelessness. Since we made this pledge just 5 years ago, we’ve helped thousands of Veterans exit or prevent homelessness.

The Elks will receive thousands of scholarship applications in December from high school seniors across the nation. Annually, the Elks award college scholarships across the nation totaling more than $4 million.

The Elks Community Investment Program will award $13.7 million towards enriching our communities. Total donations from the Elks exceeded 450 million last year.

There are more than 1,700 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership nearing 800,000. Elks’ members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God.

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