Elks Lodge receives grant

Putnam - posted Oct, 16 2013

PUTNAM- The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks have been serving our nation’s veterans for nearly 100 years. In Putnam, the story is no different. Local Elks embrace the Elks National Veterans Service Commission’s pledge, amended at the National Convention in Philadelphia in 2001, "So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” In 1918, the Elks built a 700-bed “reconstruction hospital” – the precursor to today’s VA Medical Centers   In 2011, the commission began to offer ‘Freedom Grants,’ $2,000 grants to “only 125 lodges which submit well-crafted proposals which support veterans or our active military.”  Putnam Lodge #574 applied for a ‘Freedom Grant’ for the first time this year, in order to support local veterans in the community, according to Esteemed Leading Knight and Officer of the Year Lysa Molnar.  The Putnam lodge will be using the grant funds to assist a local military family that is struggling with medical bills.   Grant funds are distributed in October. The Elks plan to provide Halloween costumes for the children in the family and are already discussing Thanksgiving and Christmas meal baskets, as well as a supplemental food budget. Holiday gifts, Easter baskets, heating expenses and transportation costs to and from medical treatment facilities are all on the list of things Elks would like to use the monies to help with. Additionally, funds could be used to ease the burden of extra-curricular activities.      

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