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Brandon Elks Lodge #2383 held its quarterly drive-thru food collection June 25. Brandon Ladies of Elks member Linda Craft filled in for Sharon Hammersla, PDD and teamed with Robin Rutzke, lodge officer and Brandon Ladies of Elks member, to collect 238 pounds of food, valued at approximately $404. The food was donated by 23 Elks and three non-Elks. These quarterly drive-thru collections were started by Rutzke and Hammersla during the pandemic in 2020 as a safe and easy way for members to continue to support their community, and the collections continue today because of member support. The food is donated to the Nativity Food Bank, which distributes it to those in need as well as to other food banks. Brandon Ladies of Elks member Julie Ebert also volunteers at food band was at the warehouse to accept the donations.

Pictured are Linda Craft, Robin Rutzke and Julie Ebert.