Kingman Letter: Thanks from Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468

On Dec. 24 at 7 a.m., the Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468 delivered 135 Christmas baskets to 605 local family members as part of the lodge's annual Christmas program. The lodge would like to thank the following people and organizations for their help.

The Kingman Academy of Learning Middle and Intermediate Schools, for collecting 5,173 canned and non-perishable food items; members of the pickup and separation team: Roger Christianson, John Boersma, Joanne Garvey, Kenneth Coombs and Nancy and Frank Terry; the 26 lodge members and their family members for the assembly of the food baskets; Joanne and Bill Garvey for overseeing the operation; and the 27 two-man crews who delivered the baskets on Christmas Eve morning.

The lodge would also like to thank the following for their support: Little Debbie Foods for their food donation to the baskets and Christmas Stockings; American Woodmark for the donation of 16 turkeys; Sterilite for the Christmas baskets and Walmart Stores.

Also, on Dec. 24, the Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468 held its annual Santa's Visit in the lodge main dining room located at 900 Gates Ave., with 480 family members attending, and 160 children visiting with Santa and receiving a Christmas stocking and a gift from under the Christmas tree.

The lodge wishes to thank Louis Ramos for being Santa Claus this year and many years in the past; Santa's helpers: Deana Cottie, Kit Corson, Bob and Kathy Taylor and Kenneth Coombs; Frank Gurzi for the use of his golf cart to transport Santa from the helicopter to the lodge; and Roger Christianson, lodge photographer.

The lodge would also like to thank the following businesses for their generous contributions to the event: Walgreen's Pharmacy located on Andy Devine for their $800 worth of toys, and Tri State Care Flight and Dr. Blake Stamper for the helicopter to transport Santa to the lodge.

Kathy Taylor, Leading Knight

Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468