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Eustis Lodge members Bill Hall, Ron Locke and TJ Platt smoked 197 turkeys the week before Thanksgiving and packaged them along with groceries to make a complete dinner and delivered the meals to 11 elementary schools for families in need Nov. 22. Charity funds from lodge fundraisers made this possible. Pictured are members Bill Hall and Adam Dufresne and Fufresne’s mother. Nancy Massingale and Sharon Myers also helped pack the meals.

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On Nov. 21 at the Eustis Anna Miller Circle meeting, members packed 25 Thanksgiving dinner packages to be delivered Nov. 22 to Triangle Elementary School with 25 smoked turkeys that the Elks smoked for them. The ladies also sent additional food that was collected for these families. The ladies also used their charity fundraising funds for this project. Packing the dinners are Jean Campbell, Rita Manley, Kathy Mitchell, Carolyn Small, Anna Boykin, Shearon Jones and Bonnie Scott.

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Loading the turkeys and dinners for delivery are Joyce Collier, Judy McCarroll, Tom McCarroll, Donna Scott, Bonnie Smith, Bill Scott and Ron Smith.


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On Oct. 14, six Elks and 10 Anna Miller volunteers met at Eustis Elks Lodge #1578 to pack a donation totaling $5,001.29 worth of in-kind gifts to The Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties. The donation included 350 adult/teen welcome kits, 118 children's welcome kits, 14 birthday kits (cake mix, frosting and candles for children who celebrate their birthday at the shelter), 15 stuffed toys, baby dolls, 87 full-sized toiletries, and children's clothes. Adult/teen welcome kits are one quart-sized bag bags containing soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant and a disposable shaver. Children’s kits also include hand sanitizer, a handheld toy, lip balm and various items for children. The kits are given to each person as they arrive at the shelter to make them feel special. The Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties is a safe house for women, teens and children who have been abused as well as survivors of rape. The Haven offers many services to women and their children to help them on the road to a new safe and healthy life.


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Winter Park Elks Lodge #1830 used their Elks National Foundation Gratitude grant to purchase 85 backpacks and school supplies for children in their community who are underprivileged. Pictured are Casselberry Elementary assistant principal, Mary Walters-Clark; PER Vivian Thomas; Charlie Thomas; and PER Ron Goluba.


Inverness Elks Lodge #2522 used an Elks National Foundation grant in August when their volunteers met to pack 170 backpacks for their Backpacks for Success program which is in its sixth year. They not only supply backpacks for children in foster care but they also deliver them to five other area schools so that children in the community are well prepared for their first day of school.


The Eustis Elks held an appreciation breakfast along with prizes and school supplies for teachers and principals in 11 local elementary schools a week before school started. They are also cooking spaghetti once a week for the Eustis High School junior varsity team to feed the football players before their games.

The Anna Miller Ladies of Eustis Elks donated $2,500 to Florida Elks Children's Therapy Services, sent 23 children to camp and gave school supplies to a local school.