Elks help make Christmas a little merrier
Written by Stewart McClintic on December 19, 2016
Silver City Elks Lodge No. 413 helped make Christmas just a little more special for more than 45 families on Saturday by offering them a free breakfast at the lodge and giving multiple presents away to more than 45 children, who also got to visit with Santa Claus himself.
Exalted Ruler Andrew Housley said that Saturday’s event is just one way that the lodge promotes the national organization’s motto, “Elks Care, Elks Share.”
He said this is the second year the club has done a breakfast with Santa Claus and gift giveaway, although this year things were more organized. Housley said the 45 families came from elementary schools from around the county — five from each elementary school in both the Silver and Cobre school districts. Housley said that the school nurses helped identify families who might be in need this holiday season.
The hundreds of gifts, worth more than $5,000, were funded through an Elks National Foundation grant and donations from lodge members, and each child got about $105 worth of presents to take home this year. Housley said he hopes the lodge continues to get the grant and be able to give back to the community every year.
Clarissa Kirker, mother of Bayard Elementary School third-grade student Azriella Grimes, said she was very thankful the Elks were able to host their event on Saturday.
“It was really awesome of them to do this for the kids,” she said. “It made them all feel very happy.”
Diana Talamantes, mother of Sixth Street fourth-grade student Gabriel Talamantes, said she was also thankful for Saturday’s event.
“I’m very grateful because it puts a smile on the kids’ faces,” she said. “I told them they were going to eat with Santa and get presents and they all lit up. It really made them happy.”
So far this year, according to Housley, the Silver City Elks Lodge has given back more than $35,000 to the community.
For more information about Silver City Elks Lodge No. 413, visit silvercityelks.com.