Elks lodge wants hides to tan for veterans
Local hunters have the opportunity to stretch out a helping hand to veterans in need. The Brighton Elks Lodge #1586 has begun collection of deer, elk and other animal hides, which will be tanned and distributed for recreational and occupational therapy throughout the Veterans Administration health care system.
The Elks also have a program in place where tanned leather is cut and sewn into specially designed fingerless gloves, which are furnished to veterans confined to wheelchairs to protect their hands during movement.
The drive is part of a nationwide leather program that the Elks have been operating since 1948. The motto of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission is “So Long as There Are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Will Never Forget Them.”
Once donated, volunteers will clean, salt, fold, and stack the hides. They are then transported to tanneries for processing. After cleaning and tanning, the leather is made available in craft kits to veterans to make wallets, clothing, belts, and moccasins for personal use, or to enter in arts and crafts shows. The program is funded by the Elks at no cost to veterans or the government. In fact, “Elks Leather” has become a national by-word among veteran patients everywhere.
Our veterans responded willingly to our call, and now it is only fitting that we respond to their needs.
For information on how to properly prepare, care for, or donate a hide, or to participate in this program, please contact Brent Pick, Brighton Elks Lodge Veterans Leather Coordinator, at (303) 654-1562.
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