Midwest City Elks to give Christmas baskets

BY DICK KANENCHEN Modified: December 18, 2012 at 8:31 am •  Published: December 18, 2012

MIDWEST CITY -- The Midwest City Elks Lodge has scheduled its annual Christmas Basket Program for Saturday, Dec. 22, at the lodge, 8635 SE 15TH Street in Midwest City.

We will be assisted in this effort by nearly 100 volunteers representing our lodge and our sponsors, including Country Boy Market, MAACO, the Harley Owner Group (HOGS), the American Legion, the Junior League of Midwest City and others.

Workers will be finishing the basket-filling early in the morning. At 9 a.m., families will arrive to pick up their baskets.

Families will be assigned to one of a number of volunteers from the Elks, the HOGs, the Junior League and other interested volunteers.

Elks plan to give 150 baskets to needy families in the eastern Oklahoma County. Names for those families are provided by school counselors at elementary schools throughout the area, including Mid-Del, Oklahoma City, Choctaw, Harrah, and independent schools. Other names are provided by members of the Elks Lodge and other interested individuals.

Maaco is donating the boxes that Elks will set up Friday. On Saturday, the day starts at 6 a.m., when volunteers from these organizations unload trucks, and begin to load the boxes for the baskets.

The baskets will include everything needed for a turkey dinner as well as enough groceries for a family of four for one week. We estimate that the total cost of the baskets will exceed $80 each this year.

A number of the baskets will be delivered to families who have no way to come to the lodge to pick them up, but the vast majority will come to the lodge to pick up their baskets. While they are there, the kiddies will get to see Santa Claus and to pick out some toys, provided by the American Legion. Coffee and hot chocolate will be served to our guests.