HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Havre’s Elks Lodge #1201 will be hosting their second annual Veteran’s Giving Tree, to help provide area veterans with items they need this holiday season. Lodge Secretary Brandy Kurtz says there are other giving trees around town that cater to kids and families, so they decided to help an often-overlooked part of our population.
“So, we got fourteen people signed up so far this year and, already, all of them are sponsored. Everybody’s been picked up already and then I’ve had a couple add in a couple more pickups. And this year, it’s been the same kind of stuff; need socks, need a pair of shoes. One guy put on there, ‘just a hot meal’.”
While they have plenty of people willing to sponsor veterans, they don’t have many veterans signed up for this service.
“I actually have a waiting list of people wanting to sponsor. So, if there’s any veteran out there that needs something, we like them to list three things of need on the piece of paper. Just get a hold of me. I can get their names, get a caregiver if they don’t have a ride.”
Kurtz encourages any local veterans who are in need to contact her at 390-0091 to get signed up.