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People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.

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Albert Lea, Minnesota - January 2019

The Albert Lea Eagles Club #2258 raised $6500 and a box full of toys for Toys for Tots. Money was raised from raffle sales of Meat Packs on Thursday nights and on Sunday Viking Games. A special thanks to Lois, Julie and Carol for all their time and effort in raising the funds for Toys for Tots. Also Darron Becker who passed away this year in September.

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Lewiston, Idaho - January 2019

Nez Perce Eagles #631 gave more than $12,000 in grants to two LC Valley organizations .A $5,000 grant went to Lewis-Clark State College SPARC program, which helps Lewiston special needs students between the ages of 9 and 21. A $7,500 grant went to the Interlink in Clarkston, which builds wheelchair ramps for the disabled and elderly, as well as providing transportation services.

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Montgomery, West Virginia - January 2019

Kanawha Eagles #1040 held a Christmas party for 350 area children at the local high school on December 16. Members wrapped presents and prepared fruit and treat bags for children. Pizza and juice were served in the cafeteria and a special appearance was made by Santa. The children had the opportunity to visit with Santa and were given candy canes After the presents were given, there were drawings for bicycles for 20 girls and for 20 boys. Each attendee was presented a ticket upon arrival for the bicycle drawings. The total cost for the party was $7,000.

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Brunswick, Ohio - January 2019

300 community volunteers gathered at the Brunswick Aerie #3505 to participate in the organization’s 42nd annual Christmas Baskets program. Diane Bokar, event chairwoman, said roughly $20,000 was raised to help provide 27 families in need with a combination of food staples, gift cards and Christmas presents. “The list is pretty substantial, enough food to fill their pantries for a good while, probably two to three months, plus the gift cards to replenish when they need to,” Bokar said. In addition to the food supplies and Christmas presents, each child also received a winter coat, hat and pair of gloves. Brunswick Hills Police Chief Tim Sopkovich said the police department enjoys a healthy relationship with the Brunswick Eagles. “The Eagles help us out immensely,” Sopkovich said. “They fill up our food banks, so we utilize this food all year-round and give it back to people that are in need in our community.”

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Stillwater, Oklahoma - January 2019

Stillwater Eagle Riders #4277 presented Central Oklahoma Adult and Teen Challenge with a $3,000 donation. The ATC center offers a one year program to help teen boys and men that are heading down a path of drugs and alcohol with a chance for a new start.

Stillwater Eagle Riders #4277 hosted a fundraising benefit for Kynlee, where they were able to raise $2,800 and give her and her family a collection of pop tabs to help pay for medical treatments, along with a series of presents. Kynlee is a 3-year-old suffering from Moyamoya Disease, which is a rare progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania - January 2019

Lebanon Aerie #472 donated $10,000 to the North Annville Police Chief Matthew Bartal and 911 Rapid Response Owner Mark Sallada’s 911 Rapid Response Project. According to Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., 148 police officers were in killed in the U.S. in 2018, and the 911 RRP’s purpose is to help prevent officers from being killed in the line of duty. More than $11,000 in equipment will be distributed to each police department, the county detective bureau and sheriff’s office based on need and size of the department. It will include: Pouches with first-aid materials like a chest seal, gauze, bandages, trauma shears, a tourniquet, a hemostatic agent to control bleeding, active shooter vests, and ballistic helmets.