I hope this article finds all of you in good physical and mental health!
I mentioned in September we have started to work with HelpVets which proudly partners with the following organizations, AMVETS, VetsConnect and Vietnam Veterans Of America. Because of our affiliation with HelpVets we have been able to restart our lodges largest charity contribution to our underserved veterans and their families.
I’m very happy to report our veteran donations for this lodge, as of December 1st, 2020, amount to $24,966.
Because of the pandemic we may only contribute NEW shorts, socks, t-shirts, long jeans with waist sizes 32 thru 38, toiletries or back packs. Please place your donations in the green barrel in the lounge. Also, I just received a request from the VA for Food Debit gift cards for our homeless and housed veterans/families in need. The request was for $20, $50, $75 and $100 card denominations.
Unfortunately, because of the lock down at the VA hospital we will not be collecting and distributing Christmas gifts in the hospital this year.
Because of our new affiliation with HelpVets, and their required Wednesday pick-up schedule, we have changed our monthly counting and bagging of donated materials to the SECOND TUESDAY of Each Month. We really need volunteers to help on December 8th at 1 PM! Our November Volunteer count totaled only three people for this very important charity event for our service personnel. Please help us on December 8th at 1 PM.
As we enter the last month of a very challenging year Belinda and I want to wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 members and their families!
My name is David Sides and I'm a member of the Outreach Department for The Pleural Mesothelioma Center.
Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma even qualify for special benefits from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs.
We recently published an educational guide about pleural mesothelioma, the most common type of mesothelioma.
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