Elk Lodge Coat Drive

Elk Lodge Coat Drive


THE DATES AND PLACES ON www.CILiving.tv. Heather: ALL RIGHT. THANKS, TIM. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, COLDER DAYS ARE COMING. THAT MEANS BUNDLING UP IN YOUR WINTER COAT. THAT ARE KIDS THAT DON’T HAVE A COAT. HAPPENING IN YOUR COMMUNITY, IT’S WARM COATS FOR KIDS MONETARY DRIVE. MARY, AN ELK MEMBER AND WARM COATS FOR KIDS COORDINATION AND THE SERGEANT WITH THE URBANA POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE HERE. MARY, TELL ME ABOUT THE ELKS AND KIND OF WHAT YOUR MISSION IS. Guest: CU ELKS LODGE 2497 HAS BEEN AROUND WELL — THE ORGANIZATION STARTED IN 1826. Heather: WOW. THAT’S A LONG TIME. Guest: SO THE ELKS HAVE BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME. THEIR MISSION IS WE SUPPORT THE VETERANS. VERY STRONGLY SUPPORT THE VETERANS. ANYTHING TO DO WITH CHILDREN, WE ARE ONE OF OUR BIG ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE SUPPORT THROUGH THE ELKS, AND IT’S AN ELK ORGANIZATION, IS CHILDREN’S CARE CORPORATION, WHICH TAKES CARE OF CHILDREN IN ALL FORMS OF HANDICAP. Heather: AND YOU GUYS HAVE TEAMED UP WITH F.O.P. OVER HERE WITH THE SERGEANT. AND INSTEAD OF DOING A COAT DRIVE, LIKE YOU’VE DONE IN THE PAST, YOU’RE DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY THIS YEAR. Guest: YES, WE ACTUALLY STARTED IT LAST YEAR. Heather: OH, I THOUGHT YOU’VE DONE IT MULTIPLE TIMES. Guest: NO. LAST YEAR WAS THE FIRST YEAR. THIS IS MY NINTH YEAR DOING THIS. IT STARTED OUT REALLY GOOD. THEN, ALL OF THE SUDDEN, EVERYONE WAS HAVING COAT DRIVES. SO OUR GETTING COATS WAS GETTING TOUGHER AND TOUGHER. AND THEN, MY HELP THROUGH THE ELKS, A LOT OF OUR ELDERLY HELPING ME — NOT ELDERLY, MY AGE UP, WERE LEAVING TO GO TO FLORIDA, SO THAT WAS LEAVING ME SHORT TO HAVE PEOPLE HELP. SO LAST YEAR, I STARTED THINKING, WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO? I KNEW ABOUT F.O.P. AND SHOP WITH A COP PROGRAM. I SAID I’M GOING TO CONTACT THEM. SO SURE ENOUGH, I CONTACTED THEM. AND THEY SAID — RAN IT BY THEIR BOARD. AND THEY SAID SURE. SO LAST YEAR, WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH AND THANKFUL ENOUGH WE RAISED $1,975 IN DONATIONS ONLY. AND WE PRESENTED IT TO THEM AFTER WE GOT EVERYTHING DONE. THE OFFICER AND I DISCUSSED IT AGAIN. AND THEY WANT TO JUMP ON BOARD AGAIN. Heather: WOW! Guest: THIS YEAR, WE’RE STRICTLY MONETARY DONATIONS. AND THAT’S GOING TO RUN THROUGH OCTOBER 14th. PEOPLE CAN COME BY THE LODGE TUESDAY-SUNDAY FROM 9:00 UNTIL 3:00. DROP OFF THEIR DONATIONS IF YOU’D LIKE OR THEY CAN MAIL THEM IN. THE ADDRESS IS 903 NORTH DUNLOP. LET’S HEAR FROM THE SERGEANT HOW THIS IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR WHAT YOU GUYS DO. Guest: SO IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THIS IS ANOTHER PROGRAM THAT OUR LODGE 70 DOES IN REGARDS TO THE FUND RAISING SIDE. AS WE SPOKE EARLIER, AND MARY SPOKE ABOUT SHOP WITH A COP. WE DO COPS HELPING KIDS. AND WE JUST FINISHED UP THE SECOND ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE. WHICH IS A HUGE SUCCESS. WITH THE COATS, IT’S JUST ANOTHER WAY FOR US TO GET OUT THERE TO SHOW NOT OHM CHILDREN BUT FAMILIES THAT THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE OF POLICE THAN WHAT THEY SEE ON T.V. AND OUR WHOLE ORGANIZATION, BESIDES THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, OUR WHOLE AGENCY IS ABOUT COMMUNITY ORIENTATION POLICING. WE TRY TO DO THE BEST WE CAN. WHEN THEY CAME TO US LAST YEAR, THE ASSERT AND THE BOARD MEMBERS, WE’RE LIKE, YES, LET’S TAKE THIS ON. WE RAN WITH IT. AND WE WERE ABLE TO PURCHASE 98 COATS LAST YEAR. WE WENT TO THREE DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS. LET’S SEE IF WE CAN GET MORE THIS YEAR. Heather: YEAH. WE’VE GOT UNTIL OCTOBER 14th. Guest: 14th. Heather: LIKE MARY MENTIONED. THEY DO SEVERAL THINGS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY. AND THIS IS JUST ONE WAY TO HELP THE KIDS THAT NEED TO STAY WARM THROUGH THIS WINTER SEASON. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE. THERE’S A LOOK AT THE ELKS FACEBOOK PAGE WITH THE DETAILS WHICH WE’LL SHARE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

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