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Buena Park Elks Lodge #2046 Christmas in July

by: Pat Fusco
Posted: July 15, 2019

Meet veteran Kiyofumi Matsuura. Kiyofumi resides in Anaheim and served in the U.S. Army for 3 years during Korea ’64. There were still service personnel in Korea in 1964 at the DMZ. He is from Japan and when he came to the United States, he was told that if he served, he could become an American citizen. Along with Kiyofumi is Mike Spratt, Fulleron Lodge (Santa) and Santa’s helper Jack Ray, Buena Park Lodge.


BUENA PARK...Monday July 8th, five Elks lodges from the Orange Coast District, Buena, Park, Garden Grove, Fullerton, Santa Ana and Orange met at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital in Long Beach, CA to celebrate Christmas in July with the veterans. The evening started off with Bingo and refreshments were served to the vets. Sometimes they need help with their Bingo as it may be hard for them to see or are handicapped in other ways. The Santa Ana lodge ladies knitted caps; new lap throws were also available to those who wanted one. Buena Park distributed bagsful of new socks. A special treat for the evening was Santa Claus who gave each veteran a gift bag full of personal items. Mike Spratt, from Fullerton Elks lodge played Santa.

The Elks meet at the Vets Hospital three times a year, April, July and October (other months are covered by other Elks in the district) to help the vets who are hospitalized and ambulatory and able to get themselves down to the Community Center where they can play Bingo and meet with other veterans. Prize money was donated by all the lodges. The winner of each game won a few bucks to use if they wanted to go to the canteen.

Ninety minutes three times a year is not much to ask of any member who wants to help in any way. The benefit of helping these wonderful vets is priceless. This is a special program the lodges in the Orange Coast district does to show our appreciation to the veterans for their part in keeping our country safe. If you are able and would like to volunteer to help, contact Jack Ray 562-941-7757, Veterans Service Chairman. Photo:BPElks

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