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1892 pantry

On Dec. 1, Green Cove Springs Elks Lodge #1892 donated $1,000 from its Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant to the Green Cove Springs Food Pantry to assist their community. The lodge also maintains an ongoing collection bin for the food pantry in which members and guests have generously donated upward of 300 pounds of food over the last several months. Pictured are Gene Rittenhouse, Northeast District Deputy; Cheryl Royal, Lecturing Knight; Nancy and Gale Klopenstein, food pantry volunteers and lodge members; Linda Rittenhouse, FLOE President; and Monica Padgett, lodge member.


221 shredding Nov

Jacksonville Elks Lodge #221 held another joint shredding event and food drive Nov. 14 to benefit Feeding Northeast Florida, an organization in Jacksonville that helps local children and families, seniors, and active and retired military members who struggle to put food on the table, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. The lodge received a donation to pay for the shredding truck to be on hand at the food drive to draw attention and entice the community to drop off documents to be shredded in exchange for a donation of nonperishable food. Including lodge members’ recent food donations, the total after this event amounted to 628 pounds of food which is enough for 525 meals. Pictured are William Watson, Exalted Ruler; Pat Harth and Kathy Glass, members; and Robin Pipkins, Elks National Foundation Lodge Project Coordinator.


2866 collections

Mandarin-St. Johns Elks Lodge #2866 has been supporting their local community through several collection projects. The lodge has partnered with a group from Jacksonville, Florida, called The Rippers, a group of local women who use their love of sewing for community needs. They are turning donated jeans into backpacks for students who are homeless. Lodge members have donated approximately 30 pairs of jeans for this project. The partnership was formed after a lodge member read about them in a neighborhood newspaper. The lodge is also continuing its tradition of collecting travel-sized toiletries which are then donated to the City Rescue Mission in Jacksonville. The City Rescue Mission provides food, clothing, shelter, emergency services, and residential recovery to those who are homeless. Lodge members have donated approximately 100 travel-sized toiletries. Pictured at the lodge’s collection station are Paul Orvosh, PDD, Lodge Advisor; Christie Easton, Lodge Secretary; and Diane Thompson, Loyal Knight.


1892 snacks

On Sept. 5, Green Cove Springs Elks Lodge #1892 showed appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the Green Cove Springs Police Department by donating two dozen boxes of cookies and other treats. Pictured are Ed Weston, Exalted Ruler; Gene Rittenhouse, District Deputy; Cheryl Royal, Lecturing Knight; Linda Rittenhouse, FLOE Vice President; Tracy Carroll, PER, Esquire; Lucie Barnette, PER, Trustee; Cathy Sanders, member; Officer Renay Henderson; and Sergeant Barb Luedtke.


1892 cagle

The members of Green Cove Springs Elks Lodge #1892 donated $1,000 to Charles E. Bennett Elementary School and presented it to Dr. Cagle, principal, Sept. 9 at the lodge. The donation will be used to provide teachers and students with school supplies.