The Fairbury Elks Lodge and Blue Valley Community Action (BVCA) have teamed up to help provide local veterans with care packages.
Jim Schroeder, Secretary at the Fairbury Elks Lodge, explained that their goal is with this project ties directly into the Elks’ foundational beliefs.
“The Elks have something called a Freedom Grant, and it’s to provide service to veterans,” said Schroeder. “It’s one of the things we do that we’re most proud of, is our service to veterans and their families, to our currently-serving servicemen and their families. The national slogan is, ‘If there’s a veteran out there, we will never forget them.’”
Schroeder believes that it is important for the organization to help these people who have sacrificed so much for the United States. He emphasized that this project with Blue Valley Community Action is beneficial by showing gratitude for those sacrifices.
“This is an opportunity for us and Blue Valley Community Action,” Schroeder said. “Michael Naukam [who works at BVCA] wrote the grant, which is no easy task, and we received $2,000 for veterans services. He went out and ordered enough stuff for 60 care packages.”
Some of the items that are provided in the care packages are things like toothpaste and other hygiene products. After the packages are assembled, they will be given to veterans, or their families, in need.
On Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the members of the Elks and BVCA will assemble the care packages at the Elks Lodge. They invite everyone to join them in volunteering to put the packages together.
“What we need is volunteers to come in and help put the items in the care kits,” said Schroeder. “After that, we will have the 60 care packages ready and we’ll distribute them. I think it’s going to be a great deal!”