Santa’s Elks collect pile of toys for Christmas
“We are Santa’s Elks,” said Jonie Hackett, as she and other Elks helped State Troopers box up dozens and dozens of toys to be donated.
Each year, the members of the Elks Lodge pitch in for a toy drive by buying tiny stockings to be hung around the bar or cardinals to be placed on a remembrance tree, each marked with the name of a loved one.
This year, Hackett said the Elks donated $2,406 — a new record.
“Every year, we break the last year’s limit,” said Hackett. “Even though it was a tough year, they dug deep.”]
The Elks then take that money on a toy shopping spree, buying gifts that will be distributed by the State Troopers from their Bourne barracks.
“We’re always very appreciative of the generosity of the Wareham Elks,” said Station Commander Lt. Plath.
The Elks plan to continue the tradition next year.