Without charitable organizations such as the Wheaton Elks, our community service workers would not get added bonuses to help them help others in need. A $2,000 grant was recently issued to the Wheaton Fire Department so that the local firefighters could help provide smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to folks in financial need. When it is difficult to make ends meet, the last thing one is able to afford is something that could potentially save their family’s life.
No matter how much some families work, there never seems to be enough money to get all of the required safety and health devices that one needs. Although it is a law to have a fire detector in the home, this is not always feasible if you cannot afford food.
This fact has been realized by the Elks. When they received a $2,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation to be passed on and used in the Wheaton community, they felt that a sure win would be for them to give it to a needs-based group, thus they decided on the local fire department. The check will be handed over to the fire fighters this evening during the Wheaton City Council meeting (first announced in the Wheaton Patch by Amie Schaenzer , Wheaton Patch Editor). The leading Wheaton Elks members will be in attendance to receive the check. The men include the following: Exalted Ruler Art Guitierrez, Leading Knight Andy Metanchuk, Treasurer Sonny Carson and Secretary Mike Pender.
Once the check has been dispersed, the firemen and women will be able to hand out detectors of both varieties to those they feel could use a helping hand. This type of mission would not be feasible without the added bonus of funding from the charitable Elks group. Not only will this help people in need, but could substantially cut down on the need to disperse fire fighters to a scene that could be placed under control if detectors were present.
According to what Amie Schaenzer posted in her article that appeared in Patch on Friday, July 18th, ‘The mission of the Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow's leaders, our youth, with lifelong skills; honor the Elks pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.‘
Wheaton community members are grateful for the help that the Wheaton Elks Lodge 2258 is giving to those in need. If you would like to look into personally thanking them or if you have interest in joining the lodge and serving your community at large, visit their Lodge at 0N772 Papworth Street in Wheaton, Illinois.