Elks Club delivers holiday cheer

By Stephanie Grinnell | Dec 22, 2013
Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell Madelyn Pease, 9 months, looks over dozens of holiday boxes of food she helped pack Dec. 21 at Rockland Elks Club.

Rockland — The efforts of Rockland Elks Club show a little time can go a long way in making a difference this holiday season. It took club members about 20 minutes to pack more than 90 boxes of food destined for delivery to local families in need when they gathered Dec. 21.

For nearly 75 years, the club has been collecting donations and gathering to pack the holiday boxes. Donations of money are collected from the public and club members and those donations are used to purchase potatoes, onions, stuffing, candy, pie, bread and other foodstuffs at South End Grocery, which is owned by an Elk, said first-year organizer Don Crudell.

"We use the Salvation Army as a clearinghouse, they give us a list, mostly families," he said of those receiving the donations.

"This is by far the biggest volunteer event we have," said Bill Bachofner, president of Rockland Elks Lodge No. 1008.

Club members lay the tags with family names and addresses on a table and volunteers load their vehicles for immediate delivery.

Elk Steve O'Brien told of a local family the club was able to help for a number of years, describing the excitement of the children. He said Elks host a Christmas party with a gift exchange among members and one year, a few leftover gifts were donated to that family.

"It kind of makes it all seem worthwhile," he said.

This story will be updated with additional photos.

Prior to a flurry of activity, food and empty boxes await packing at Rockland Elks Club Dec. 21. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Volunteers gather for a group photo prior to packing holiday boxes of food at Rockland Elks Club Dec. 21. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Volunteers work to pack holiday boxes of food to be delivered to area families in need at Rockland Elks Club Dec. 21. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Caleb Jarmucek, 6, adds bread as the last item filling a holiday box of food at Rockland Elks Club Dec. 21. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Volunteers work to pack holiday boxes of food to be delivered to area families in need at Rockland Elks Club Dec. 21. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
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Stephanie has served as editor of Camden Herald since its return in April 2012.

Previously, she was editor of VillageSoup's Capital Weekly in Augusta and has worked a number of years in the newspaper business from southern Maine to Waldo County.

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