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We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support we received from our Boulder community today. Early this morning, volunteers gathered to assemble and deliver 140 bags of food to individuals and families in need here in Boulder.
We here at the Elks Lodge are so inspired by the generosity we witnessed, we will set a goal to serve 300 families in need next year. We look forward to partnering with the community on this project again in December 2015.
It’s the final day of our holiday meals fundraiser, and we are so grateful for the amazing, generous support from our community. Thank you!
We are about $700 from our goal, so if you haven’t already, please give what you can!
Bring your friends and neighbors to the annual Boulder Elks Family Christmas Party this Friday, December 19th, starting at 5:30pm.
We are having Italian night so there will be plenty of pasta and meatballs. Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for kids between 10 and 5, and kids under 5 eat for free.
There will be karaoke, musical chairs, cookie decorating, plus a surprise visit by our special holiday guest around 6:30. You do not have to be an Elk to attend so tell your friends and neighbors, and please join us. We hope to see you there.
Tuesday December 16, 2014
Wednesday December 17, 2014
Thursday December 18, 2014
Friday December 19, 2014
We are almost halfway to our goal, with just 7 days remaining! Please help if you can. For many recipients of our holiday meal basket, this will be the only holiday outreach that they will receive.
If you’ve already donated to our campaign, please consider sharing the link to this GoFundMe site (www.gofundme.com/boulderelksholiday) via email or Facebook. Thank you again for your support!
The Boulder Elks, in cooperation with the Boulder Housing Authority, will provide 200 holiday meal bags to Boulder-area seniors and families in need on Saturday December 20, 2014.
The cost to provide food for this project is $5,500. The Boulder Elks Lodge has secured a grant from the Elks National Foundation, in the amount of $2,000. We are looking to the community to help us raise the additional $3,500 that we need to fund the project.
A donation of $25 will provide a meal for a family of five, a family that might not otherwise be able to afford a holiday celebration.
This year’s donation event is three times larger than any holiday meal program the Boulder Elks Lodge #566 has undertaken in recent years. Please help our community Elks Lodge achieve this ambitious goal with your donation to help these families and the elderly in need in Boulder.
I am writing this month’s installment early Thanksgiving morning. My editor must be pulling his hair out and writing his own resignation letter as I type. I wouldn’t blame him. I seem always late in submitting my article however, this month I have good reason.
I have been working with several of the lodge officers, volunteers and other agencies in Boulder to organize and launch this year’s Holiday Food Basket outreach campaign. As many of you know, our lodge resurrected this program about four years ago with great success. We have consistently served the needs of 65-75 families and individuals in the Boulder area since reviving this program. These are families and individuals who would not have received any holiday assistance from other programs for a variety of reasons. Families who were served were ineligible to receive even toys for their children because the need in Boulder significantly exceeds the resources to fill them.
This year as Exalted Ruler/President it occurred to me this lodge can and should do more. Here’s an idea I think we can all get behind; this year’s family holiday food basket campaign has a goal of reaching, wait for it……..200 families. Yup. I said, 200 families. Go big, right? This lodge can do it.
At this time I have partnered with both Boulder Housing Partners and Families as Teachers to provide this lodge with over 200 names of eligible recipients who are in need of our help during the holidays. These recipients are all American citizens who have fallen on difficult times. They may be elderly, disabled, physically or emotionally challenged or simply in difficult straights at this time. These people are living in housing managed by the City of Boulder and may have more than just themselves to care for. In many cases, these are entire families holding on by a thread.
In short, just the people our holiday food basket program should be helping.
I am excited. We have the chance to do more. I believe our members, our swim team families and others who support our programs will come forward to help. We have received a grant from the Elks National Foundation of $2000 for this ambitious program. We have also partnered with Trader Joes to distribute this year’s food in reusable shopping bags which they have provided. It is a start. We need $5500 to reach our goal. I am asking each of you to consider adopting at least one family for $25. This provides a meal for up to 5 people. I have even found an easy way for you to donate. We have set up a “Go Fund Me” website which allows you to donate to this program from anywhere with a credit card. This website is completely secure and lets you donate as much or as little as you desire.
The website address is: http://www.gofundme.com/boulderelksholiday
Time is short. This campaign runs until December 13. Please consider donating to help us
achieve this goal. If a cash or check is easier for you to donate, please drop either (or both) by the lodge office during the week.
I am confident we will reach our goal. I am confident this lodge will meet this challenge and that we may likely exceed this amount. If we exceed our goal, I will do more if we raise more. I have a list that extends past 200 families. This lodge can resurrect in a huge way one of our most significant annual outreach programs this year. If you can find a way to donate, please do. This is what Elks do, we care and we share.
Until next month,