For 57 years, the Wheeling Elks Lodge #28 has been packing and delivering boxes of food to dozens of local families in need, and this year was no different.
Sunday morning, Elks members and their families all gathered at the lodge in South Wheeling where they packed boxes full of bread, fresh apples, and non-perishable food items like pancake mix and peanut butter.
Then, the boxes were loaded up and dropped off on the front doorstep of local families in need.
Rosalie Kimball is the chairperson for the event, and said it is part of the Elks mission to give back to the community.
“I think sometimes when we wake up in our homes, and we do this everyday, we don’t realize that there are families that do not have this. I think it’s very important, especially in the Christmas season, to bring some joy to other families, and it makes our hearts feel good to know that we can accomplish this as Elks,” said Kimball.
Elks members submit names of families who could use the donation this holiday season, and then those families are sent a post card letting them know that they will be receiving the box.
The Elks members say they have a lot of fun with this event, and love to see how thankful the families are when receiving the box. They also enjoy their time together.
“You know, we were all in here bright and early this morning, first taping all the boxes together to put the groceries in. There was so much joy and love in this room this morning, you could feel it as soon as you walked through the door,” said Kimball.
After it is all said and done, the members sit down for a holiday lunch together and start thinking of how their organization can help the community next.
The Elks is a community-based organization and is always welcoming new members. If you would like to join, you are urged to give them a call at 304-233-2900.