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Elks Lodge of Riverton-continuing charity despite less donations

Published: Dec. 10, 2020 at 11:52 PM CST
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The Elks Lodge of Riverton is continuing their charity Christmas baskets this year, with more families in need, and less funding overall. This Elks member shares what keeps them going, even when there’s less to give.

“It’s amazing, you go out there sometimes to somebody’s house, and you knock on the door and they open it up, and the whole family comes out on the porch crying their eyeballs out because they’re actually getting something. That’s a big thing, we don’t like to think about that going on in our area, but it does. It changes you when you see that,” stated Nico Homburg of the Riverton Elks Lodge.

The majority of the Riverton Elks funding comes from events held at their Main Street location. This year, however, the inability to hold events has decreased their budget significantly.

“It brought us to almost the brink of extinction if you will, it was real tough. Over the years we’ve been able to supply millions of dollars back into the community. We have members here that it’s very important to, that we keep this going,” added Homburg

However food isn’t the only thing they’re collecting this year, they’re also collecting toys for children in need. Homburg said, “Good shape toys, we’d be more than happy to put those into baskets and set them out. We keep track of the ages of the kids, and how many, and we try to distribute accordingly.”

The last day to make donations is December 16th. Drop-off hours are from 4-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Riverton Elks on Main Street. Although canned goods and toys are accepted, money can go further in some cases, as they have a deal on food with Smith’s and Wal-Mart.

“Now that we come into the Christmas season, whatever the cost is to us, we’re going to make sure these people get the food they need. We’re going to make sure they get absolutely everything they need this year, that we’re able to help out with,” emphasized Homburg.

If your family is in need of a box, call the Riverton Elks lodge at 307-856-3600. You are encouraged to leave a voice mail if no one answers.

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