Elks Lodge 1291 Veteran Activities

VETERANS CRISIS LINE

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans and their families and friends with qualified and caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hot line, on line chat or text. They can call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, chat on line or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Support for the deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

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Military Times

Defense Officials approve expanded Veterans on-line shopping benefits.

CLICK HERE to see how it will work.

Annual Trip to James A Haley Veterans Hospital

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On Sunday October 14th, Lakeland Elks 1291 visited James A Haley Hospital. With 26 volunteers, we were able to cook and serve 600 meals, with about 400 of those going to veterans, while the rest went to staff. Mobile patients enjoyed music and karaoke in the picnic area along with their meal. Meals were delivered to the rooms of the patients who were not able to join us. 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.
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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.
Veterans Day: November 11th at 11am. If you missed our ceremony this year, than you missed another great one. Our speakers, Bill Norden and Mark Hussey, gave light hearted and jovial speeches. Thank you, Bill and Mark for your participation.
Our Foster Veterans will be returning the second Wednesday in December, the 12th, for spaghetti dinner. They truly enjoy their time at the lodge, so please come down and share some holiday cheer with them.
To honor and pay tribute to all that have served, or is serving our country is our number one priority as Elks!
Char and Kristen
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4th of July Picnic Fundraiser

Lets celebrate the 4th and support our Vets. Wednesday July 4, 1-3pm (Food served at 2) “Dunk” Tank!

Brats, Burgers & Dogs with Homemade coleslaw & pasta salad, corn on the cob, watermelon, & cake.

Contact Char Fisher or Kristen Franks to volunteer to help out.

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May News

Elks 1291 has been helping local veterans. We received a request that a disabled veteran in Lakeland needed a ride to Bay Pines Medical Center to finish submitting his disability paper-work. Duke Schneider graciously gave his time and made this happen. Another request was received from the James A Haley Outpatient program. They received a 91 year old veteran in-to their program that did not have any clothes. They requested assistance with supplying him with socks, underwear, t-shirts and pants. Alice Murray took on the shopping task and we were able to provide this veteran with these necessities. Thank you Duke and Alice for assist-ing these veterans. Lakeland Elks continue to amaze!

Another request came in to assist a veteran in the outpatient program that has dementia. They wanted to provide a Deluxe Manipulation Board for this veteran; however the cost was too ex-pensive. The board is used to help Alzheimer’s patients with familiar tasks, and with cognitive and motor skills. We were able to provide the funds for them to purchase the items to make a board. They had an Active Duty serviceman that was in-patient build the board, thus incorpo-rating the young service members with the older generation in need. They can use this board for years to come with other Veterans.

Kathryn wanted me to share with the Elks that the gifts and donations they receive from us are put to good use.

She quotes “It is SO very nice to know we have support like this in the communi-ty!!! Thanks so much to Lakeland Elks for purchasing the supplies for our Veteran to have this board!!! It also made my in-patient Active Duty guys so happy to have this purpose. Thanks for all the Lakeland Elks do.”

So that we can continue helping veterans in need, our next fundraising event will be our 4th of July picnic. See the flyer for all the details. We will have a dunk tank!!! Justin Troller and Walter Thomas have volunteered to sit in the tank! If you would like to volunteer to sit in the tank, please contact Char.

Char and Kristen

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