Lakeland Elks will be collecting old cell phones, and tablets to send to Cell Phones For Soldiers. We have a collection box at the Lodge and will collect these items for a few months.
Lakeland Elks Lodge 1291 is helping the Domiciliary and Psychiatric, unit at James A Haley VA Hospital which includes homeless veterans.
Their immediate need was for T-Shirts and underwear for both men and women, and men’s athletic shoes. These patients come in to the program with nothing, and most are wearing shoes that are worn out. We have donated $1,015.00, of these items, that include, 38 pair of shoes, 12 packs of men’s t-shirts for a total of 85 shirts, 11 packs of men’s underwear for a total of 71 pair of underwear and 15 packs of women’s underwear for a total of 107 pair of underwear.
We were also able to donate 22 personal care kits from member Dan Wait’s Sandpiper community. These care packages were tailored towards the homeless veterans and included toiletries, socks and puzzle books.
Lakeland Elks Lodge 1291 is helping our local veterans at the Lakeland Veterans Center on Ariana.
We have donated $575.00, of beverages, that includes: 20 cans of coffee, 12 cans of creamer, 2,000 packets of sugar, 12 cases of Gatorade and 15 cases of soda. These items are used by the veterans during counseling and therapy sessions. Having something to drink during a counseling session helps the veteran relax and stay focused. It also takes the expense off of them, as currently they provide their own beverage, as the Center is not provided with any funds for beverages.
Veterans Day Ceremony and Fish Fry on November 11th, was a huge success. Speakers, Bill Norden and Boomer Bass, gave very heartfelt and moving speeches. Garry Malone sang Hallelujah and Bob Decker of the Florida Bras Band performed taps.
We had 5-6 Veterans from the James A Haley Out Patient Foster Program join us for the day. We followed the ceremony with a Fish Fry, with music and raffles.
Medical Foster Home Vets
I am very excited to tell you that we have worked out details to host a small number of veterans, from the Lakeland Outpatient Foster Program and their caregivers, on the second Wednesday of the month for dinner and socialization.
These are Lakeland Community based Veterans, that James A Haley VA Hospital provides primary care for through their Medical Foster Home Program.
The Medical Foster Home Program (MFH) provides primary health care for dependent, chronically and terminally ill Veterans in a non-institutional community based setting. This alternative level of care will allow Veterans to have the option to remain in a community family setting when they lack the social supports to remain in their own home. It is an alternative to nursing home placement and at the same time improves the quality of life of our frail disabled Veterans. The MFH program demonstrates the collaboration between the Veteran and his/her family or legal representative paying for the care, the Medical Foster Home caregiver providing the care and the James A Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics homecare team providing the medical care. The Veteran’s will receive home care through the Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC) or Spinal Cord Injury Home Care (SCI-HC) team.
Medical Foster Home is a privately owned residence situated in the community. It makes available a Medical Foster Home family, which provides a loving, nurturing and safe environment while offering 24-hour care and supervision. It also incorporates individualized daily living routine, private/semi private rooms, and a permanent living arrangement.
On Sunday October 15th, Lakeland Elks 1291, visited James A Haley Hospital. With 30 volunteers, we were able to cook and serve 600 meals, with about 425 of those going to veterans, the rest to staff. Mobile patients, enjoyed music and karaoke in the picnic are, along with their meal, while those who were not had their meal delivered to their room. We would like to thank all of our volunteers who helped make this trip a huge success. Their hard work and dedication, made the event flawless.
We were once again able to provide numerous toiletries and comfort items for the veterans, along with an additional gift of $1,000.00, in gift cards to Wal-Mart and various restaurants that are within walking distance to the hospital. This was made possible with your support and generosity through our fundraisers, therefore, another huge thank you to all that have donated, supported and volunteered.
November 11th, at 11am. Veterans Day. All I can say is wow! If you missed our ceremony this year, then you missed a great one. Our speakers, Bill Norden and Boomer Bass, gave very heartfelt and moving speeches. Garry did a phenomenal job with singing Hallelujah. We need to give a special thank you to Dan Gilbert for his donation of the Patriotic booze basket. Also, a special huge thank you goes to Andy Haynes’ mother for making and donating the quilt. It was a beautiful quilt, done in a Patriotic theme, and she did an amazing job on it. The quilt auctioned for $805.00. We cannot thank her, and Andy and April, enough, for making this happen, a true example of Elks Care, Elks Share. It was a great day. To honor and pay tribute to all that have served, or is serving our country is our num-ber one priority as Elks!
One last reminder, our visiting veterans will be returning the second Wednesday in December, the 13th, for spaghetti dinner. They truly enjoy their time at our lodge, so please come and get to know them.
Char and Kristen
It’s hard to believe our first quarter is over, and we have completed two of our events. Armed Forces Day was a fun evening. The Legion of Honor Unit of the Tampa Shriners started us off with a wonderful Table of Remembrance Ceremony. It is a very meaningful ceremony and they did a spectacular job. We served 21 veterans that evening.The 4th of July picnic went off without a hitch, thanks to all for sharing the Patriotic Day with us.
We would like to thank everyone that was involved with these events, from cooking, volunteering, donating and attending. Your support never ceases to amaze us, and it is truly appreciated.
Our annual James A Haley VA Hospital cookout is scheduled for Sunday October 15 th. We will need your assistance to help make this another successful event, so mark your calendars, and watch for further information.
We are currently working out the details to host, at the lodge, for a Wednesday dinner, a small number of veterans and their caregivers. They are in the James A Haley Medical Foster Home Program. We hope that many of you will join us, so that we can provide these veterans not only a great meal, but with some socialization and support. We will provide more details when we have them.
“So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”
Char and Kristen
Lakeland Elks Lodge #1291
4529 Harden Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33813
Monday: Noon – 8pm
Tuesday: 4pm – 10pm
Wednesday: 4pm – 10pm
Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday: 4pm – Midnight
Saturday: 2:30pm – 10pm
Sunday: Noon – 8pm
Our meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm, except Feb when meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.
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