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Elks Community Builder of the Week


Saugus-Everett, Mass., Lodge No. 642


Fire up the grill—it’s time for a barbeque! Elks from Saugus-Everett, Mass., Lodge No. 642 know that some community members need help feeding their families. Using an Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant, the Elks held a barbeque for families living in a local shelter, providing them with food and fellowship.

After a dinner on the grill, the Elks played hula hoop, limbo and musical chairs with their guests, and put their best foot forward on the dance floor during the “Cha-Cha Slide.”


To ensure that guests had enough to eat for the next week, each child left with a backpack filled with food and other treats.

“We are so thankful for the beautiful barbeque you threw for us,” expresses a shelter resident. “You make life easier for those in need.”

The Elks National Foundation helps Lodges serve their communities by offering $2,000 Gratitude Grants. Lodges are eligible to apply for Gratitude Grants after meeting the National President’s per-member goal for giving to the Foundation. To find out more about Gratitude Grants and the Community Investments Program, visit www.elks.org/enf/community.   

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