Members of Rushville Elks Lodge #1307 have been busy following up on the letters they have sent to many of the county businesses, requesting donations for their annual Clothe-A-Child auction. Last year the auction proceeds and monetary donations exceeded $5,400, which allowed the local Elks to outfit 54 Rush County children prior to Christmas.

"From my conversations with my contact people at the local schools, it would appear that the need is even greater this year," Mark Sloan, chairman for the Clothe-A-Child program, said. "I realize that a lot of very worthy causes are out there, but we can’t forget the kids in our own community. All of the children we help are referred to us by the county’s schools."

In the Clothe-A-Child program all of the money raised is spent on Rush County children and is spent in Rush County. Elks members and volunteers take the children out with their parents and buy each child a complete outfit including winter coat, shirts, pants, socks, undergarments, footwear and a surprise! After the shopping spree the families are invited back to the Elks Lodge for a party with not only refreshments but also a visit from Santa himself.

"The best Christmas presents that I received the last three years was just seeing the looks on these kids’ faces afterwards," Sloan said.

This year the gala dinner, Monte Carlo and auction will be held at the downtown Elks on Friday with dinner served from 5 to 8 p.m., the Monte Carlo from 6 to 8 p.m., and the auction starting at 8 p.m. The items to be auctioned are all donated and come from mainly local businesses, but in some cases also from surrounding communities and states. As if that wasn’t enough fun, there will also be karaoke starting at 9 p.m. This is open to the public and is not only good from a charitable standpoint, but it’s a really fun evening. Please put it on your calendars and plan to attend.

If you have not received a letter, or have not yet been contacted by an Elks member, and would like to donate an item for the auction (or make a monetary contribution) please call the Elks at (765) 938-1307, or mail your donations to Elks Clothe-A-Child, PO Box 81, Rushville, IN 46173. Help us put some smiles on the faces of some local children this holiday season.

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