Manahawkin Elks Keep Busy Spreading Cheer

The Manahawkin Elks work actively to help those in need throughout the year, but during the holidays the outreach ramps up even more.

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the Manahawkin Elks Lodge #2340 Veterans Committee visited the Brookdale Stafford assisted living facility in Manahawkin to celebrate veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam residing there. The Elks are planning future pizza parties with the veterans, according to Elks spokesman Dan Boesman.

The annual veterans lunch, show and bingo event was held Nov. 15 and was attended by 120 veterans from the Veterans Hospital, the Veterans Retirement Home, local senior living facilities, the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Stafford Police Department Color Guard in dress uniform presented the American flag, while Captain Pharo led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Karl Gerhardt and kitchen crew prepared a hot turkey lunch, served by Elk members. Entertainment was provided by about 20 members of the Cameo Club, all former winners of the Mrs. New Jersey pageant title.

This week, in keeping with tradition, lodge members collected and donated many toys and gifts to community families and children in need to help brighten the holiday season. St.-Peter’s-at-the-Light Episcopal Church in Barnegat Light made a “huge” donation to the lodge in support of this cause, Boesman noted.

– Reposted from The Sandpaper