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pounds of homemade cookies, and two cases of oranges.

Boulder City, NV, Lodge donated $3,600 to the Nevada Veterans Nursing Home to purchase gifts for the home’s 180 residents.

Greater Cape May, NJ, Lodge members participated in Wreaths Across America, a collaborative project that placed wreaths on the graves of more than 100,000 veterans across the country this past year, by placing a wreath on each of the graves of 12 veterans at Cold Spring Presbyterian Cemetery in Erma.

Albuquerque, NM, Lodge members visited the Albuquerque VA medical facility and treated 65 patients and staff members to a meal. Lodge members also donated a large jar of chocolate truffles for each of two nurses’ stations at the facility.

Patchogue, NY, Lodge donated $1,000 to the Long Island State Veterans Home to support therapeutic recre- ational activities.

Port Jefferson, NY, Lodge donated $1,500 raised at a Stickball Tourna- ment fund-raiser to its adopted veteran and $1,000 to each of five other disabled veterans who attended the tournament, which drew 170 attendees and included lunch. Lodge members also treated the adopted veteran, his wife, and their six children to a full Thanksgiving dinner and invited them to the lodge’s Kids Christmas Party, where they were treated to lunch and the children visited with Santa, who gave each of them a gift. Additionally, lodge members invited the veteran and his family to attend a professional wrestling event held at the lodge and treated them to a Christmas dinner at a steak house.

Rensselaer, NY, Lodge donated $500 to the Adaptive Sports Program at the Albany VA Medical Center: Samuel S. Stratton. The program provides sporting activities and equipment for disabled veterans.

Staten Island, NY, Lodge held a Veterans Dinner-Dance and treated 19


McMinnville, OR, Lodge members visited about 40 veterans at local assisted living facilities and gave each of them a Christmas present of his or her choice. Pictured with veteran Ronald Booth (seated) are (from left) Americanism Committee Chairman John Peterson, Chaplain Ronnie Morton, In. Guard Priscilla Morton, Visual Committee Chairman Arthur Van Uchelen, ER Kenneth Lewis, and Veterans Service Committee Chairman Arlene Stricker.

veterans from the Brooklyn VA medical facility to dinner and dancing.

Greensboro, NC, Lodge donated $500 to the North Carolina State Elks Association Veterans Service Commis- sion to support activities at North Carolina state veterans homes.

New Bern, NC, Lodge donated a number of gifts to the State Veterans Nursing Home. The gifts included 15 portable CD players with music CDs, eight pairs of fleece pants, 72 T-shirts, 71 bottles of aftershave, 70 bottles of men’s cologne (15 of which came with a bottle of body lotion), a bottle of perfume, a bottle of ladies’ cologne, and a number of hand-crocheted hats and lap robes.

Wilmington, NC, Lodge members visited the State Veterans Nursing Home and treated 120 veterans to lunch. The lodge also donated a large picnic table with an umbrella and six chairs, valued at more than $1,100, to the home.

Dayton, OH, Lodge members visited the Dayton VA Medical Center and

held a Christmas Party for more than 100 veterans. Lodge members treated each veteran to a snack, a goody bag, canteen books, and a visit with Santa.

Oklahoma Elks Association, with the help of Rolling Thunder, a motorcycle club that advocates for prisoners of war and those missing in action, held its annual Veterans Banquet at the Broken Arrow Lodge and treated 75 veterans to a meal. During the event, the association presented a medal to Shannon Plaster to honor her father, Donald Wann, a Vietnam War veteran whose remains were returned to American soil in August 2010.

Beaver Falls, PA, Lodge adopted three veterans at the Butler VA medical facility and gave each of them a full set of clothes, including a shirt, a sweater, pants, shoes, and a coat. The lodge also donated a large box contain- ing toiletries, books, and puzzles to the hospital to be given as Christmas gifts to veterans living there.

Bellefonte, PA, Lodge members treated 50 veterans to a Veterans Day Ceremony and Lunch at the lodge.

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