On November 3rd members of Bangor Lodge #244, and Old Town Lodge #1287 teamed up with the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, VA Maine Homeless Veteran Program, and several other charitable agencies to provide much needed assistance to local homeless Veterans in Bangor and the surrounding area.

Bangor Lodge Volunteers. Left to right; Skip Black, Janet Wright, Jean Oliver, Gary Turner Leading Knight, Scott Monroe MEA Pres. Elect, Bud Kimball, Monika Monroe, Joe Kimball, Randy Ellis (Not Pictured Greg Hall PER and Steve Winkler Trustee)

The day started off in Maine fall fashion with a fresh 2 inches of snow on the ground, along with wind and a morning temperature of 25 degrees. But this didn’t slow this team of volunteers which assisted with the objectives of the stand down. While the other charitable agencies were connecting the Veterans with resources, winter clothing, toiletry kits and non- perishable meals the volunteers from the Bangor Lodge were busy preparing a hot lunch for the Veterans, and volunteers alike.

Donation of Food from Old Town Lodge #1287.

The day would not have been complete without the contributions from the Old Town Lodge #1287. Utilizing their Freedom Grant, the Lodge purchased over $2000.00 worth of non-perishable food which was distributed to homeless, and needy Veterans who attended the Stand Down.

In the end the day was a huge success. The members of the Maine Elks Association Northern District truly displayed the true meaning of “Sharing and Caring”” by ensuring our Veterans know that, “so long as there are Veterans the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them”. Thanks to all who volunteered.