For more than a decade, the San Angelo Community has held the Home Away from Home event for soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airman stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base that can’t be home with their families on Christmas Day. The San Angelo Elks Lodge has continued this tradition for the last four years and will do so again this year.
The Elks organization is asking for donations of gift cards (minimum $25), or other new items that can be used as appropriate gender, or neutral gifts, for the service members that will be attending this event. Cash is always acceptable, and will be used to purchase additional gifts for the event.
For most of these young military members, this will be their first time they have been away from home for the Christmas holiday. The holidays are a tough time to be away from your family and friends. Added to that tough time is that for many of these service members, they have just recently joined the military and are still adapting to a new way of life.
This year’s Home Away from Home event will be held on Christmas Day from Noon-5 p.m. at the San Angelo Elks Lodge at 2121 S. Chadbourne St. A traditional Christmas meal will be provided along with gifts and games.
The Elks Lodge is accepting gift cards or other gifts, through 6:00 p.m. on Christmas eve. Elks are also asking for desserts for that day. Deserts can be dropped off up until noon on Christmas day. The Elks lodge is open from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
This event is a wonderful opportunity for the San Angelo Community to show their appreciation for men and women serving in the armed forces. Let’s show them that San Angelo appreciates them.
The Elks have partnered with Bug Express, HEB, Lone Star Quartermaster LLC, and Diego’s on Knickerbocker to help with donations. If you would like to be part of this celebration and donate gifts, gift cards or desserts, please call 325-227-6920.
Source: Elks Lodge 1880
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