For the past dozen years, the Mountain Home Elks Lodge has served as the collection point for a program making a huge impact with veterans across the country. With deer season underway, the Elks Leather Program is busy once again collecting deer hides that will be transformed into welcomed gifts for veterans. Program Chair Dennis McAleese says both individuals and processors contribute to the effort.
McAleese says there is no charge to the veterans for the gloves that are distributed by about 500 representatives across the country.
He says both Baxter County and residents across the state play a significant role in the success of the project.
McAleese also serves as the national chairman for the leather program, taking him to a number of VA events, including wheelchair games and an annual winter sports clinic in Colorado.
For those wishing to participate in what McAleese says is a real cool program, there is a refrigerator for hides behind the Elks Lodge.
McAleese welcomes questions about the Elks Leather Program, as well as those who would like to get involved in the cleaning process. He may be reached at 870-488-5786.
This month Our Community Cares, sponsored by Integrity First Bank; Knox Orthopaedics; Sleep Mart; Advanced Auto Body; Danny Porter of Century 21 LeMac Realty; Kent P. Nachtigal, MD General and Vascular Surgery; and KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot highlights the Elks Leather Program. Learn more at ktlo.com. http://www.ktlo.com./pages/16030402.php?
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