The way of the Elks Lodge in Navarre has historically been to give humbly and richly to the community it serves without being in the spotlight. So much so that when asked about their programs, they shy away from highlighting their own contributions and focus on the need for the programs they sponsor. But on Saturday, they opened the doors to the community in hopes of raising funds, saying a special thank you to active and retired military, and recruiting a few new members to volunteer with the lodge.
The focus of the day was the Army of Hope program, established by the Florida State Elks Association in 2007. It is a program near and dear to the hearts of the local lodge. The program provides aid and assistance to families of deceased, disabled and deployed members of the military. The Army of Hope provides assistance with school lunches, non-insured emergencies, minor home repairs, auto repairs or transportation when needed, phone cards to contact loved ones, lawn mowing or sprinkler repairs, a/c or major appliance repairs, and clothing and shoes. The local Army of Hope representatives work closely with our local military installations to provide help for those who need it.
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