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Oklahoma City, OK, Lodge held its annual Children’s Christmas Party and treated nearly 90 children, including the children and grandchil- dren of Elks and children from the community, to snacks, beverages, entertainment by a magician, and a visit with Santa, who gave each child a stocking full of treats.

Coquille Valley, OR, Lodge members delivered Christmas food baskets to 260 needy families.

Independence, OR, Lodge members treated about 100 people to a Thanks- giving meal at the lodge. In other news, lodge members delivered Christmas baskets to 110 needy families.

Keizer, OR, Lodge members delivered 175 food boxes, weighing a total of 13,500 pounds, to needy families in the region, including 50 families of deployed military personnel.

Portland, OR, Lodge members gave food baskets, each of which contained a full Christmas dinner and two boxes of canned goods, to 25 families of Oregon Army National Guard troops. The parents of the families were invited to pick out toys for their children at the lodge. The lodge also provided food baskets to two needy families that were identified by Soldiers’ Angels, an organization that supports veterans and active-duty troops and their families.

Bellefonte, PA, Lodge hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner, treated 90 local senior citizens to a meal, and gave a handmade lap robe to each of three raffle winners. During the event, the lodge raised $200 in donations for lodge charities.

Bristol, PA, Lodge members gave a total of more than $2,800 worth of gift cards to nine needy families with a total of 29 children.

Cranberry, PA, Lodge members sent six large boxes containing sports memorabilia, toiletries, sports equip- ment, and dog treats to a military unit stationed in Afghanistan that uses military working dogs.

In other news, the lodge donated 30

Greater Spokane, WA, Lodge members attended Court of Honor Ceremonies for new Eagle Scouts Sean Hill, of Boy Scout Troop No. 419, and Joshua Roderick, of Boy Scout Troop No. 496, and gave each of them a US flag. For his Eagle Scout Project, Hill built an information booth for Camp Caro Community Park. Roderick’s Eagle Scout Project consisted of designing and building an iguana cage at the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center. Pictured with Eagle Scout Hill are (from left) Scoutmaster Shawn Rasmussen, Unit Commissioner Greg Mott, and Americanism Committee Chairman Charles Porter.

more than 200 gifts to the Victims Outreach Intervention Center (VOICE), a shelter for victims of domestic abuse, and provided a full Christmas dinner to about 150 people staying there.

In more news, lodge members sent

120 handwritten Christmas cards to residents of the Elks National Home.

East Stroudsburg, PA, Lodge hosted the 45th annual Christmas Party for clients of Burnley Employment and Rehabilitation Services, which provides job training and placement to adults with special needs. During the event, lodge members treated 60 partygoers to lunch, musical enter- tainment, and a visit with Santa, who gave each guest a goody bag filled with treats.

Hanover, PA, Lodge members, in cooperation with the Hanover Red Cross, delivered a total of 20 boxes of food to nine needy families.

Pennsylvania State Elks Association held its annual Soccer Shoot contest at the State College Lodge, in which about 70 children took part, awarded a plaque and a T-shirt to each contes- tant, and awarded trophies to the top three boys and girls in each of four age-groups. The association, with the help of volunteers from the State College Lodge, also treated all of the contestants and their families to lunch

following the contest. A total of about 1,100 children ages 13 and younger took part in all levels of the Soccer Shoot competition in Pennsylvania.

State College, PA, Lodge members distributed 280 food baskets to needy families. Lodge members also distrib- uted 300 pairs of shoes, about 400 coats, and about 900 toys (some of which were provided by the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program) to the families. In other news, lodge members attended a Court of Honor Ceremony for new Eagle Scout Jeffrey Duclos, of Boy Scout Troop No. 31, and gave him a certificate and a US flag. For his Eagle Scout Project, Duclos led a team that sorted, organized, and cataloged 70 boxes of documents, records, and other objects belonging to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, enabling the church to dispose of what was not needed. He also coordinated a landscaping project at a local cemetery.

Newport, RI, Lodge held a Christmas Party for 60 special education stu- dents from six local schools and treated them to lunch, entertainment by clowns, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who gave each child a gift, a hat, and a pair of gloves.

Cumberland County, TN, Lodge held a Christmas Party at the lodge for more

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