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On July 31, Deep Creek Elks Lodge #2763 used its $2,000 Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant to take 10 school children and three preschoolers from Genesis House Homeless Shelter shopping for school clothes. The school aged children received backpacks, school supplies and back-to-school clothing and shoes. The preschoolers received clothing, shoes and pull-ups. Lodge members also purchased four bookbags and filled them with school supplies for children who would be entering the shelter in the near future. Lodge members enjoy helping the kids make their choices and seeing the joy on their faces with their new clothes. Assisting the happy shoppers were PDD Truman Bass and his wife, Linda; PDD Kay Neilley; Bill Flecken, PER, Exalted Ruler, and his wife, Kathy; Peggy Sue Dygert, Chaplain; Carol Aitchison, Lecturing Knight; and Cheri Usowicz, member. They were accompanied by Officer Lou Henyecz of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office who works very closely with the shelter.