2017-08-03 / Front Page

Barre Elks Lodge Brings Supplies to The Veterans Place

Bill Croney
The Northfield News

Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News

Members of the Barre Elks Lodge (BPOE 1535 front row) delivered over $2,500 of transitional supplies for residents of The Veterans’ Place, in Northfield, last Tuesday evening. The supplies are for those residents who are ready to move out and live on their own and need items both large and small for their new home.Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News Members of the Barre Elks Lodge (BPOE 1535 front row) delivered over $2,500 of transitional supplies for residents of The Veterans’ Place, in Northfield, last Tuesday evening. The supplies are for those residents who are ready to move out and live on their own and need items both large and small for their new home.Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News

Bob Davis, a resident of The Veterans’ Place, in
Northfield, helps members of the Barre Elks (BPOE 1535)
carry in some of the transitional supplies that the Elks
delivered last Tuesday evening. The Elks Lodge delivered
over $2500 worth of transitional supplies to The
Veteran’s Place.Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News Bob Davis, a resident of The Veterans’ Place, in Northfield, helps members of the Barre Elks (BPOE 1535) carry in some of the transitional supplies that the Elks delivered last Tuesday evening. The Elks Lodge delivered over $2500 worth of transitional supplies to The Veteran’s Place.  The Veterans’ Place, on Vine Street, got some special visitors last week. And those visitors brought gifts-lots of gifts. Last Tuesday evening members of the Barre Elks Lodge (BPOE 1535) came up the semi-circular driveway with a pickup truck and several vehicles loaded down with gift items for The Veterans’ Place residents.
   This visit was the fourth year in a row that the Barre Elks have aided The Veterans’ Place with help from their national organization. Each year they have helped with specific residents of the veteran’s facility.    
   Their gifts are designed to aid those residents who are ready to go out on their own after being prepared by the facility.
  “We had a grant that helped us purchase 8 microwaves and several other items that we give to The Veterans’ Place so the residents who are transitioning into being on their own can have them for their new places,” said Barre Elk’s Exalted Ruler Maureen Lawson.
  “The grant was from the Elks National Foundation. We (Barre BPOE 1535) qualified because our members reached the per-capita goal that was set by the Grand Lodge. It was a $2500 grant again this year.     
   “We have gotten that amount for the past four years and used it for The Veterans’ Place,” said Kristin Calcagni, the Grant Coordinator for the Barre Elks’ Lodge.
  “We apply for the grant in the fall and we are notified within a few weeks if we will get it or not. Once we find out that we have the grant then we start shopping (for the items).
   “Usually The Veterans’ Place gives us a list of the things the transitioning residents need and we work to fill as much of that need as we can.  Things like silverware, cereal bowls, toasters, microwave ovens, garbage cans and cleaning supplies usually make the list. These things really help the residents that are transitioning to life on their own.” The grant coordinator said.
   “The staff and the Veterans’ Place Board of Directors are very appreciative of the efforts of the Barre Elks. The Barre Elks Club has always been here for us. Everything they have brought is so much appreciated by all of the veterans here.
  “We actually take them downstairs and make them “go shopping” so that they have everything they need before they go to their new homes,” said Board Secretary Gail Lund-Rowell.
   “Without the help of people like the Barre Elks Club we wouldn’t be able to do that.  It’s wonderful - absolutely wonderful.
 
   It’s not just a one-way street. The members of the Barre Elks also enjoy doing things for The Veterans’ Place. “I love this project. We get to see some of the same people and it’s fun to fill up the room that they use “to shop” for the things they need when they go out on their own,” Kristin Calcagni said.
   Maureen Lawson, the Exalted Ruler of the Barre Elks also had her own reasons for helping the Veterans’ Place, “ I love it. Helping veterans is one of the reasons I became a member of the Elks, so this is a pet project for me. I love it,” she said.
    “ Helping Veterans is very important to the Elks,” said grant Coordinator Kristin Calcagni.

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