Houlton Lodge of Elks donates toys, food to local groups

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HOULTON, Maine — The Houlton Lodge of Elks No. 835 assembled a crew of volunteers Wednesday, Dec. 15, to load and deliver three trucks full of food that had been collected and donated by lodge members over the past month.

The food was donated to Shelly Bouchard, a teacher at Houlton Middle-High School, for “Edie’s Cupboard,” a food pantry for students in grades 6-12. Edie’s Cupboard was developed to help students fight hunger issues at home.

A large supply of food was delivered to Edie’s Cupboard thanks to a donation from the Houlton Lodge of Elks Wednesday. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Grant)

Bouchard said she was overwhelmed with the amount of food donated, stating it would help so much in her efforts to feed hungry students and their families. Bouchard’s students rose to the occasion and volunteered to help members of the lodge unload and carry in the boxes.

Shelly Bouchard and her students were presented with a large amount of food donated by the Houlton Lodge of Elks. Making the presentation is Exalted Ruler Philip Cloney. 
(Courtesy of Elizabeth Grant)

 Later that day, the Houlton Lodge presented the United Bikers of Maine area representative, Shelly Crandall along with Houlton Middle-High School guidance counselor, Erica Tweedie with several tables full of toys that were donated by members of the Houlton Elks Lodge over the past month. 

All of the toys will be wrapped by faculty members of RSU 29 and disbursed within the district.