[MENA] The members of Mena Elks Lodge #781 have partnered with the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots Program this year to provide toys for children who might otherwise go without this Christmas season. In previous years the Toys for Tots Program was administered by the Polk County Optimist Club, however they are unable to assist at this time. Knowing the need is still here, Mr. George O’Daniel, of the Marine Corps League, contacted the Elks to see if they could provide assistance.
The Mena Elks Lodge has a long-standing commitment to provide for Polk County’s youth during the holiday season and the members were eager to provide their assistance in administering the program.
This year, the Elks’ Annual Christmas Party for Underprivileged Children will be administered with the Toys for Tots program. Applications for families will be provided through the local newspapers and collected at the Elks Lodge, just off Hwy 375 East, Mena. These applications will provide the necessary information to make sure each child receives Christmas toys this year. Toys for Tots Collection Boxes will be placed throughout the county by Mr. O’Daniel and a central location will be set up to warehouse donations.
The families participating in the program will be notified where and when to pick up the toys for their children. There will be snacks provided and Santa will be there to greet the children.
As an added bonus, the Elks will be placing food donation boxes throughout the county, also. This food will be placed in baskets for needy families to pick up at the same time as the toys.
The Elks are asking for the generous support of these two programs by the public to help provide some joy to those who might have to go without during the Christmas season.