“So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”
On the 4th Thursday of every month the High Point Elks Lodge travels to the VA Hospital in Salisbury NC. This is a tradition our Lodge has performed for many years. The patients play bingo while the Ladies Auxiliary make sandwich plates and the Elk members pass out prizes for the bingo winners. The entire venture from start to finish takes about 3 hours. In July there is a watermelon cutting, in November they come to our Lodge for Thanksgiving dinner, and in December there is a Christmas Wish Tree and presents donated are taken to them for Christmas.
In the past several years we have had great chairmen, but it still takes the efforts of our members to keep this going. Everything is donated. The Ladies Auxiliary makes 6 loafs of sandwiches each month and send volunteer women to serve them. The Lodge provides chips, drinks, bananas, prizes for the bingo winners, and volunteer members to pass out prizes. However we continue to see the same faces month after month volunteering their time. We need help! This is one of the most rewarding 3 hours you ever will spend! The veterans are so grateful to us for what we do. Can you imagine that they are “grateful to us” after they have put their lives on the line for us to protect our country and families??
Tommy Frazier is this year’s committee Chairman for the Lodge.
PLEASE VOLUNTEER! ANYONE AND EVERYONE INCLUDING CHILDREN ARE WELCOME
Please call to volunteer today, or if you are called upon please don’t hesitate to just say yes.
Transportation is provided. Volunteers leave the lodge at 5:30 pm and arrive back at the lodge before 9:00pm. Fun will be had by all while traveling.
Drop off donated items at the lodge. There is a collection box in the Ladies Auxiliary lounge. Items needed for prizes: socks, diabetic candy, playing cards, cross word and word search puzzles books, and magazines.
To learn more about how you can help on a national level go to: http://www.elks.org/vets
Serving Our Veterans
VA Hospital Visit: Every 4th Thursday of the month we go down to Salisbury to serve dinner and meet many of our Veterans. We leave around 6:15 PM and return around 8:30PM. Ask people who have gone and they will tell you it was a blast!
Veteran Thanksgiving Dinner: Each November we serve Veterans from all over a wonderful dinner here at the Lodge. Last year we had incredible participation from our Lodge members and their families and the Veterans were very appreciative.
Veterans Christmas Visit: How about 10 to 12 young people singing Christmas Carols to our Veterans in each VA Hospital wing with donated gifts to boot!! Absolutely wonderful!
The list goes on and hopefully will with continued effort from our volunteers and members but we would love more help so please get involved!
Thanks to everyone who has supported these events in the past and continue to do so. Hopefully we can get more members and their families involved the remainder of this year. The moments and memories are long lasting, I can tell you.