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SLO Elks donate thousands of dollars worth of gifts and supplies to local veterans

San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge No. 322 recently donated thousands of dollars worth of gifts and supplies local veterans. Pictured are, front from left, Curt and Lily Aanerud, Joe Olinde, Donna Donovan, Richard Roders, Marco Marriot, and Bryan Pennywell; back from left, Randy Arsenaeu , Gary Donovan, Jack Guzzie and Gilbert Wright.
San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge No. 322 recently donated thousands of dollars worth of gifts and supplies local veterans. Pictured are, front from left, Curt and Lily Aanerud, Joe Olinde, Donna Donovan, Richard Roders, Marco Marriot, and Bryan Pennywell; back from left, Randy Arsenaeu , Gary Donovan, Jack Guzzie and Gilbert Wright.

San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge #322 recently adopted and provided individual support at the holidays for 17 previously homeless, low-income veterans living in a newly built apartment complex.

The Elks delivered individual boxes of gifts and supplies to help meet the veterans basic household needs. The most requested items were small appliances, sheets, towels, stick vacuums, and dish soap. Other items provided were bike tires, bike locks, hand tools, and gift cards for an oil change, bike repair and gas. They also each received a sweat outfit, undergarments and socks. Total donated was $2,566.

Additional donations to local veterans from Elks Lodge #322 include:

▪  A trailer full of holiday donations was delivered to the Fresno VA Hospital and CLC/Rehab by Gary and Donna Donovan, and Ron and Liz Schmitt. Donations included handmade knitted afghans, coffee and supplies, sweat outfits, puzzle books, reading glasses and cases, calendars for patient rooms, undergarments, toiletries, playing cards, etc. Total non-cash value: $15,217.

▪  San Luis Obispo Veteran Center donations included decaffeinated coffee, sugar-free candy and an assortment of peanut butter crackers and cookies, for a total value of $59.40.

▪  San Luis Obispo VA Clinic donations included cans of orange juice and an assortment of peanut butter and cheese crackers for diabetics with low blood sugar symptoms, and candy canes for the snack cart, for a total value of $124.

Arroyo Grande

David Freeman of Arroyo Grande has been named to the Dean’s List at Simpson University for the fall 2017 semester. Freeman is an accounting major.

Simpson University is a private, liberal arts college located in Redding. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have a semester grade-point average of 3.50 or higher.

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