People Helping People


People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.


Bellevue, Nebraska - January 2023

Last year, Bellevue Eagles #3912 made a donation of $2,700 to the Bellevue Fire Department to outfit the entire department with Fire Hoods, which are worn by every firefighter when called to the scene of a fire, underneath their helmet to protect the head, ears and neck from burns and blocking cancer carcinogens from passing through to the firefighters’ bodies. Bellevue raised of the money, with the Grand Aerie matching dollar for dollar. Past Madam President April Frazier, Past Madam President Sue Winter and Madam Vice President Jenny Kentopp stopped by District 1 fire station to present the donation to Fire Chief Perry Guido, Battalion Chief Joe Gibilisco and other firefighters.


Bellevue, Nebraska - January 2021

The Eagles of Bellevue #3912 held their annual Angel Tree for Christmas in 2020. This year’s theme was “Back The Blue.” The Bellevue Eagles have always been supporters of their local first responders, who often work nights, weekends and holidays to protect the community. Money and gift cards were donated and were put into gift bags along with snacks donated by Marathon Ventures and a Christmas Card or Thank You Card. Enough was collected so that each of the street officers (more than 90) received a gift bag. Ralston Purina also provided gift bags for the K-9 officers. Pictured are Auxiliary President Lisa Smith, Auxiliary Chaplain April Frazier, Auxiliary Treasurer Donna Billington, Auxiliary Conductor Jennifer Kentopp and Sgt. Brown of the Bellevue Police Department.


Beatrice, Nebraska - September 2020

Beatrice Eagles #531 recently donated $50 checks to each first responder within Gage County, with the amount totaling $4,910 that was distributed to three organizations. They also included a letter to each department explaining that anyone on the front lines and the support staff are an important part of Gage County, and shared the motto of ‘People Helping People.’

York, Nebraska - March 2020

York Auxiliary #3990 presented a $605.33 check to TeamMates Mentoring Program member's Ron Haarmann, Rochelle Geiger, Deanne Erickson and Teresa Willcock. TeamMates’s mission is to impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring. They also donated $478.99 to Maggie Troester on behalf of Pride Pack, which is an organization that believes that no child should be without proper nourishment. The Auxiliary raised the money by hosting a hamburger night, which was chaired by member Paula Volker.


Fremont, Nebraska - December 2019

Fremont Auxiliary #200 collected school supplies to donate to children and teachers in need. Items donated included paper, pencils, pens, notebooks, colors, colored pencils, Kleenex, protractors, and more. This was the first time the Auxiliary has decided to do that after former #200 Trustee Beverley Mielke suggested this project. The Auxiliary plans to do this every August going forward, to support the different elementary schools in their area.

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Bellevue, Nebraska - April 2019

When devastating floods hit Nebraska, Bellevue Eagles #3912 hosted a free dinner for the victims of the flood, first responders, and volunteers, and was able to serve close to 300 individuals. Also, they were able to raise more than $1,000 in one day to help support the flood victims by collecting generous donations from local businesses, community members, and Eagle members. More than 300 homes in Bellevue alone were deemed uninhabitable after the floods, and #3912 plans on hosting a future benefit to help with recovery efforts.