Prior to the Easter Bunny making his rounds this year the Easter Elk was spotted on the Central Peninsula delivering Easter baskets filled fun items for kids from two to ninety two. The Easter Elk, cleverly disguised as Soldotna Elks Jarryll and Michelle Judice, “Our house committee ladies put over 100 of these baskets together for holidays like Easter, Christmas and Halloween and we take them around town to the Food Bank, CPH, LeeShore Center and Heritage Place. They’re filled with holiday fun to let these folks know that might be having some tough times at the moment that we are thinking and care about them,” said Jarryll.
“Kids may be visiting their folks or grandparents during the holiday in a care facility and they don’t have anything for their kids, so these baskets have coloring books, fun cups, eggs with trinkets and fun things to do to celebrate happy times. It’s one of the things we do to help the community where we live,” explained Michelle.
The origins of the Elks according to Google go back to before February of 1868 when the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was chartered–and with a great new spirit and direction to help Veterans, scouting programs and raise funds for scholarships and more. “Wherever Charity, Justice and Brotherly Love were needed! Elks lodges are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up.” The community is proud to have the Easter Elk, Santa’s Elfin Elk and the Great Pumpkin Elk among us and hope they thrive in the future.