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Elks help in trying times

We are living in difficult and trying times, so for those looking for relief, we offer some help.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks are part of your community. Indeed, we are community. No matter where you go, an Elks Lodge is nearby.

Nationally, we have more than 800,000 Elks and almost 2,000 Lodges. The Elks provide charitable services that help build our communities, and that certainly includes Superior, my hometown.

The Elks National Foundation has invested more than $3.6 million in college scholarships. Two out of three scholarship programs are for Elk families.

We know the U.S. has real drug problems, so the Elks Drug Awareness Program promotes programs that help prevent our youth from using illicit drugs. The Elks do this via literature, multimedia tools, workshops and training seminars. Our programs and tools educate parents, students, school districts and volunteers about the dangers of drug use.

The Elks also have a "Hoop Shoot" program that provides friendly, competitive opportunities for young people, and it's organized by age. These young contestants shoot baskets from the free-throw line and the winner is based on the number of baskets made.

Finally, all local Elks Lodges in the U.S., including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone, are raising donations to help those victims impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

These are just a few examples of programs that the Elks provide. If interested, just contact your local Elks lodge, or check out our website at www.elks.org.

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