BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Mena Elks Lodge #781 and the Marine Corps League Detachment #1261 joined together this year to bring the Elks’ food basket program and the Marines’ Toys for Tots program to 215 families across the county that includes 512 children.
Brian Thompson, Exhaulted Ruler of the Mena Elks Lodge, said the Elks were happy to partner with the Marine Corps League Detachment and the two programs fit well together. “We partnered with the Elks in 2014. This is our third year working together and are now able to do double what we did before,” Thompson said. “What they do for us is great,” he added.
The Elks buy healthy food baskets for each family so that kids have healthy food while they are home for the holidays. “We make sure they have healthy food for that two-week break,” said Thompson.
He added, “We teach members when they become Elks that the true value of wealth is in the sharing, not in the having. On that note, I am very proud of my Lodge and its members and the generosity of the people in Polk County. We must live in a very rich county because a lot of people shared a lot to help those in need.”