Elks Lodge members provide Thanksgiving dinners to families in need
JEFFERSON CITY — Elks Lodge members assembled and delivered Thanksgiving dinner baskets to families Saturday morning.
This year 69 families in Cole and Callaway counties will be receiving a complete Thanksgiving dinner ready for preparation.
The basket includes things like a 12-pound turkey, potatoes, a pie and all of the ingredients for a green bean casserole.
This is the fifth year for the project and a few families have been added each year, according to Elks Lodge Trustee Eileen Scrivner. In the first year, the project served 30 families.
Scrivner is in charge of the project and she said she finds the families in need by talking to the Samaritan Center and Jefferson City schools. She fills the baskets with the help of Schulte's Fresh Foods.
The Thanksgiving dinner baskets are funded mostly by grants given to the lodge. Scrivner said because the Elks Lodge is so passionate about the project, they will probably host a fundraiser for the event to raise more money and help it grow each year.
She also said the project aligns with the mission of the Elks Lodge, "Elks care, Elks share."