Perry Elks donate to Annual Toy Drive

Lisa Widick - Publisher
Members of the Perry Elks Lodge No. 407 pose for a photo with John and Linda Andorf, organizers of the Annual Toy Drive. The Elks donated around 150 new, unwrapped toys for the program. PHOTO BY LISA WIDICK/THE PERRY CHIEF

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 Perry Elks Lodge No. 407 donated nearly 150 toys to the local Annual Toy Drive program.

Exalted Ruler Dave Davis started the drive with a Halloween event in late October and asked members to donate toys for children who might not have Christmas without these toys.

“The response was overwhelming,” exclaimed Davis.

Lecturing Knight Amber Green followed Davis’ request with one of her own.

“We held our Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed on Nov. 17 and also asked members and guests to bring toys,” Green said. “Our members really stepped up and brought more than we could have imagined.”

The Perry Lodge donated in 2017 and wanted to bring in even more toys this year.

“It was a goal of mine to make sure as many kiddos as possible have a great Christmas,” explained Green. “When we delivered the toys last year, it was such a great feeling, I knew we had to do more this year.”

And more they did. According to John Andorf, co-organizer of the toy program, along with wife Linda, “The Perry Lodge does great things in our community and we are very happy with the donation. We couldn’t believe it when we saw all the toys they had to give us.”

New and unwrapped toys are still being collected. Donations can be dropped off until Friday, Nov. 30.

Collection boxes are located at City Hall, Perry Public Library, Ben’s Five and Dime, Van Wall Equipment, Medicap Pharmacy, Shopko, Percival Scientific, Orscheln Farm and Home, Perry Perk and Dollar General.

The Perry Booster Club is also collecting toys for the Annual Toy Drive. The booster club will collect new, unwrapped toys at the Perry home basketball game against Dallas Center-Grimes on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Toys or gift items for kids ages 0-14 are welcome.

The toys will then be distributed to local children from Dec. 3-7.