Elks Lodge 1291 Veteran Activities


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Committee Report February 2021

Lakeland Veteran Center Beverage Donation  

On February 16, 2021 the Lakeland Elks Lodge donated just over $700.00 of drinks and accessories to the Lakeland Veteran Center, that included 15 cases of soda, 10 cases of Gatorade, 8 cases of water, 1 case of Splenda, 1 case of sugar, 6 boxes of liquid creamer cups and 10 boxes of 100 count K-cup coffee pods. 

The drinks provide a necessary comfort item for the veterans to use during their meetings and therapy sessions and alleviates the need for the veteran to provide their own as the center does not have a budget for these items.

Pictured from Lakeland Veteran Center (from left) are: Yolanda Crosby, Greg Phipps and Sherri’ Pritchett Veterans Outreach Specialist


Donation to James A Haley VA Hospital

Lakeland Elks Lodge 1291 worked with the James A Haley VA Hospital to assist them with some of their most recent needs.  The lodge donated just over $5,000.00 of much needed items on February 25, 2021.  The Voluntary Services Department, which includes permanent, long term patients, and homeless veterans was provided with 66 pair of reading glasses, 46 pair of M&W’s (men’s and women’s)slide sandals; 60 pair M&W’s sweatpants; 58 pair M&W’s sweatshirts; 76 pair M&W’s shorts; 106 M&W’s t-shirts; 34 laundry bags.

The Recreational Therapy Department, which includes poly trauma, spinal cord injury, dementia and Alzheimer’s patients was provided with blue tooth speakers; laser tag games; 24 packs of 24 colored pencils; 8 Fidget/Memory loss blankets; 26 large print coloring books; 13 Alzheimer memory activities; 8 board games; 6 Wii games; 40 large print crossword and word search books; 14 paint with water books and paint brushes; 14 large piece wooden puzzles. 

All of these items will assist hundreds of veterans in their care and treatment.

Pictured from left, Shelby Schoenborn of Voluntary Services, Steve Masterton, PER Lakeland Elks, Geoff Hopkins of Recreational Therapy Services and John McArthur Lakeland Elks

Committee Report December 2020

Christmas Donation to James A Haley Veteran Hospital Foster Veteran Program.

On December 9, 2020 we donated just over $1,200.00 to the James A Haley VA Hospital Medical Foster Home Program.  This included a $50 gift card and an oversized throw/blanket for 18 Foster veterans that are in this program. 

The gifts were truly appreciated, as quoted from Kathryn Bryant, CTRS, CBIS, their program director  “Thank you  ALL so much for your generous gifts; the blankets will be sure to keep us warm and cozy and the money will give us independence to spread some of our own Holiday cheer or give an opportunity to purchase a much needed item or two.   Thank you Thank you Thank YOU Lakeland Elks ❤  We know we are remembered and much appreciate our continued support from YOU ALL.  Have a very special Holiday season!  Love, the VA Home Based Primary Care Medical Foster Veterans 😊 “

Foster Veterans Gifts

(l-R) Kathryn Bryant, CTRS, CBIS of James A Haley Hospital and Char Fisher, Lakeland Elks Veterans Committee Chair


Lunch Provided For Patients at James A Haley Veterans Hospital

On Friday December 18, 2020, we delivered a Christmas lunch to the Spinal Cord Injury Department at James A Haley VA Hospital.  We worked with Geoff Hopkins the Supervisor of Recreation Therapy & Creative Arts Therapy and followed their COVID restrictions to feed 80 patients a Chick-Fil-A lunch.  We also sent signed Christmas cards and candy canes to be distributed with each meal to give the veterans some holiday cheer.

Chick Fil A Lunch

Standing Lakeland Elks Steve Masterton, PER and Char Fisher Veteran Committee Chair, with Geoff Hopkins Supervisor of Recreation Therapy & Creative Arts Therapy at James A Haley Hospital