Patricia Sargent, Grand Exalted Ruler Auburn-Webster presents a donation to AYFS Board president, Lynne Ellis. Also pictured, from left, Bob Moffet, Sally D'Arcangelo, and Bob Carlson. (Jeff LaBonte photo)

Patricia Sargent, Grand Exalted Ruler Auburn-Webster presents a donation to AYFS Board president, Lynne Ellis. Also pictured, from left, Bob Moffatt, Sally D’Arcangelo, and Bob Carlson. (Jeff LaBonte photo)

The Auburn-Webster Lodge of Elks made a $240 donation to Auburn Youth and Family Services Wednesday afternoon. The funds were from a Gratitude Grant Auburn-Webster Elks received from the national organization, according to Bob Carlson, one of the Elks Trustees. In addition, $240 was donated to the Oxford-Webster-Dudley food pantry.

“The Auburn-Webster Elks represents 1,400 people, and it’s great to be involved with AYFS” said Carlson.

On hand for the presentation were Lynne Ellis, President of the AYFS Board and Retail Manager of the Savers Bank Auburn Branch; Bob Moffatt, AYFS Board Member; Sally D’Arcangelo, Executive Director of AYFS; Patricia Sargent, Grand Exalted Ruler of the Auburn-Webster Lodge of Elks; and Bob Carlson.

Sargent added that the Elks Lodge is also currently accepting old cell phones, which can be dropped off at the Lodge any day between 8am and close. “We turn in the phones, and for every phone a prepaid phone card is sent to our troops overseas” said Sargent. “It doesn’t matter if the phone works or not, or if it’s broken.  Any phone can be turned in.”

The Lodge also has two “giving trees” set up. One is for veterans and one is for children.  “There are tags with wish lists.  We ask people to take a tag and provide gifts for those who might not get anything for Christmas,” said Carlson.

“Our purpose is to raise money to give away” said Carlson.  “We are always trying to do things for the community.”