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Elks feed East County families

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: ROLAND SMITH - Don Lewis, Gresham Elks treasurer, Sara Fisher of Human Solutions and three guests prepare Christmas food boxes for distribution among families in need in East Multnomah County.

Members and guests of Gresham Elks Lodge 1805 packed 122 boxes of food and delivered them to families in need Saturday, Dec. 21.

The groups delivered 57 boxes to names given to them by Human Solutions, 60 to families of the National Guard and five to people recommended by members.

About 150 people participated in the boxing, including a representative from Human Solutions.

This is an annual event for the Gresham Elks Lodge 1805, at 3300 N. E. Division St.

Each year, the group gathers canned food, turkey, apples, loaves of bread, stuffing and gravy — about $40 worth of food for each box.

“It feels good to do what you can do for other people and to get that many (volunteers) in one group,” said Betty Chisum, Gresham Elks publicity chairwoman.

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