Breakfasts for Buses
Written by Kathy Casey
On Jan. 6, Twin Cities Elks Lodge #2747 held the first of three benefit breakfasts open to the public. The proceeds will be used to fund the bus needed to take children from the Northwest District to the Florida Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla, Fla., for the 2018 summer camp session. Member Sylvia Kleppinger prepared biscuits while Steve and Mary Ann Piner, associate members, prepared eggs to order. The second and third breakfasts will be held in February and March.
Bloodmobile comes to Pensacola Beach Lodge
Written by Pensacola Beach Elks
On Dec. 2, Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge #497 sponsored a blood drive with OneBlood and their Big Red Bus bloodmobile. Eight pints of blood were collected which equates to saving the lives of 24 people! The new lodge chairman for the blood drives is Grace Sellers.
Pensacola Beach Elks Support Children's and Young Adults' Program
Written by Linda Hayes
PER Don Padget of Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge #497 presented a donation to Sarah Ellis, founder of My Father’s Arrow. Located in Jay, Fla., My Father’s Arrow supports and serves youth from infancy to 23 years of age by seeking foster parents and adoptive parents.
The state provides the young adults with an unfurnished apartment. MFA provides all the furnishings. Last year they were able to fully furnish seven apartments.
The name of the organization comes from Psalm 127:4: “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
MFA currently operates out of a chapel in Jay which is becoming too small for them. They continue to provide services for northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama from generous donations made by the community and local organizations. Founder Sarah Ellis says, “if it doesn’t keep the orphans at the center, we don’t do it.”