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Another successful year in the basket

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 1:15 p.m. CDT

The Princeton Elks Lodge again packed 120 baskets with $5,000 worth of food and delivered the baskets along with toys and coats, scarfs, hats and gloves to 120 Bureau County families. This was the 51st year for this project.

Fifty-one years ago when this project was started, the Elks members packed 12 baskets each with food brought in by members and purchased hams or turkeys for each basket. The members donated used toys and one toy was taken to each home. Upon reaching the home the bushel basket was emptied and the basket was brought back to the Lodge to be re-used the following year. Through the years, this project has grown to 120 families, bags of toys and added several new winter outerwear.

Projects this large take many hands and many donations. First to the members of the Lodge, you make it possible every year by donating the $5,000 for the food. May God bless you all for your continued generosity. Our toy supply is always limited but would not exist at all without Browning Ford Prescott Motors. The Mike Young Toy Drive for Kids made it possible for many kids in Bureau County to have a Christmas gift under the tree. A special thank you to IV Car Show and Scott Bickett, United Way, Heartland Bank, Rotary Club and members who brought in toys that we could add to the basket delivery. To our toy packing elves, thank you. The most labor intensive job is unloading all that food, thanks to the unloaders who show up year after year. Next comes setting the food up, that’s to you special elves. The fun job is filling the baskets, thank you to the more than 50 members and friends of the Elks for your help.

On Saturday at 8 a.m. the driver members arrived for a hot breakfast and the car, truck and van loading. By noon all 19 routes had been delivered and drivers arrived back at the Lodge.

The next hour is for sharing stories of how people receiving the baskets showed their love for the Lodge and its members. We realize how good it feels to once again be able to help a few people who need a hand to make their Christmas special. We are so proud to be Elks because Elks care and Elks share!

Penny Best

Christmas Project
co-chair along with Marie Roth


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