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Lebanon's Elks donate to Harbor Homes veterans in Claremont


CLAREMONT — The Elks Lodge of Lebanon presented Harbor Homes veterans facility in Claremont brand new kitchenware and outdoor furniture last week.

Arleen Rutledge, head of the Lebanon Elks Veterans Committee, said the donation was funded through a $2,000 Elks Lodge Gratitude Grant for the veterans of Harbor Homes.

The Lebanon Elks serve many people in the community, including seniors and children as well as work with and serve area veterans, Rutledge said.

When the home opened two years ago, the Lebanon Elks Lodge helped with a donation of bedroom furniture. Since then, the Elks members have returned to serve holiday dinners and summer barbeques to the veterans, Rutledge said, so Elks members knew the kitchen supplies that range from plates and a toaster oven to potholders and spatulas as well as patios furniture was needed.

“We really stretched our dollars as much as we could,” Rutledge said.

The furniture was delivered July 24, after which there was a dinner celebration for the veterans.

Rutledge said the Elks have a long history of helping veterans, which is an important mission to her.

“We have a big history with veterans and I feel we have to serve them. I feel quite strongly about that,” she said. Personally, she said, “My husband’s a veteran, my brother is a Vietnam vet, my cousin was a Vietnam vet, and my dad was a World War II veteran. … I do things to honor him and honor other relatives.”

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