Zephyrhills Lodge Assists More Veterans with Home Furnishings
Written by Ken Fabiani, PER
On Nov. 3, Tom Hudson was in shock when Zephyrhills Elks showed up at his door to help furnish his home. He is the 15th veteran helped by the lodge. Hudson received all he needs to get started in his new place from a coffee pot and coffee to a recliner that he fell asleep in the first night. Lodge members Tom Pete, Dave Crotty and PER Ken Fabiani helped in this endeavor.
On Oct. 25, Raymond McDilda is the 17th veteran whose home has been furnished by Zephyrhills Lodge. He was so surprised with all the furnishings they delivered – love seat, chair, pots and pans, dish set, cups, glasses, silverware, microwave, shower rod and curtains, cooking utensils, end tables, lamps, nightstand, clock, linens, and towels – all but a bed. PER Ken Fabiani told McDilda that as soon as he had a bed for him, they’d deliver it. As Fabiani, Tom Pete and Dave Crotty drove home from Tampa, Fabiani received a call about an available bed. After dropping off Pete and Crotty, he drove to Southport Springs to pick up a bed and frame plus a pillow, sheets and blankets. Soon thereafter, McDilda received his bed with a big smile on his face while thanking the Elks for all they had done.
On Nov. 17, Mike Hanley was wide awake after his time on the bus at 5:30 a.m. to arrive at his new home in Zephyrhills, Fla. He is Zephyrhills Lodge’s 18th veteran to receive furnishings for his new home. Hanley could not believe all the furnishings that Dave Crotty and PER Ken Fabiani delivered: coffee, coffee maker, pots, pans, crock pot, utensils, bowls, dishes, pillow sheets and blankets, personal hygiene items, storage containers, shower rod, shower curtains and hooks, lamps, and end table.
Mike Hanley paid it forward by assisting Tom Pete and Ken Fabiani deliver furnishings to Zephyrhills Lodge’s 19th veteran, Greg Dorset, Nov. 18. Dorset received clothes, kitchen and bath towels, pots, pans, microwave, dining table with two chairs, two bar stools, sheets, blankets, dishes, silverware, lamps, two recliners, and coffee maker and coffee.
Early on Nov. 19, Bob Lewis became the 20th veteran whose home was furnished by Zephyrhills Lodge. Dave Crotty and Mike Hanley made the delivery. Lewis was so surprised when he saw the sofa, chair, dining table and two chairs, pots, pans, dishes, towels, lamps, two end tables, coffee maker, shower curtain and hooks, kitchen utensils, pillows, blankets, shirts, pants, and a kitchen storage container set. He had a smile from ear to ear and was so thankful for what the elks have done for him.
David Clark is the 21st veteran to move into his new home with the support from Zephyrhills Lodge. He received a sofa, recliner, two end tables, two lamps, a full-size bed with sheets and blanket, coffee maker, coffee, microwave, pots, pans, 32’’ flat-screen TV, shower rod, shower hooks, shower curtain, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dining table, two chairs, bath towels, kitchen towels, dishes, silverware, and kitchen utensils. Members Tom Pete, Steve Czerneski and PER Ken Fabiani delivered these gifts.
Brian Cade is the 22nd veteran whose home was furnished with help from Zephyrhills Lodge. These items included a dining table, two chairs, two large recliners, a queen-size bed, end tables, shower rod, shower curtains, shower hooks, pots, pans, plates, silverware, kitchen utensils, bed sheets, pillow, lamps, coffee maker, coffee, and kitchen containers.