For many patients in VA hospitals, time can move slowly between visits from family and friends. In addition to holding events and providing friendship to veterans in VA hospitals, Elks also provide the tools for veterans to take up a new skill.
The Elks Veterans Leather Program relies on the charity of hunters across the nation to donate hides so they can be turned into leather used for therapy programs for recovering veterans.
Leather is also used to provide professionally-crafted gloves for veterans in wheelchairs, which are distributed at veterans' adaptive sports clinics and gatherings throughout the country. Click here to read more about the sports clinics!
Each year, thousands of Elks step up to help out with this program, offering their time, energy and skills to serve veterans. Their gifts help to create thousands of gloves and therapy kits provided to veteransat no charge.
You can help these veterans out also. Please bring your deer hides to the north alley side of our Lodge at 110 West Ashland in Indianola to donate to Veteran's Leather Program. We will be accepting hides from December 1st to December 31st.If you harvest a hide early during youth, bow or muzzle loader season; please clean it well and freeze it a heavy-duty zip top bag until drop-off time.
Contact Dan Hickman by voice or text at 515-442-3879 with any questions, to notify him you have made a drop off or to help with the processing and salting of the hides.
Thank you for your help with this the special project and please help spread the word. If you are closer to any of the other 30 Elks Lodges throughout Iowa call them and check into their donation process.