ElksGiftCards-12-30-15-01: From left Harold Straley; Roberta Franco, Salvation Army; Krissy Thornton, Mesquite Senior Center; and Bill Oskin. Photo submitted.

ElksGiftCards-12-30-15-01: From left Harold Straley; Roberta Franco, Salvation Army; Krissy Thornton, Mesquite Senior Center; and Bill Oskin. Photo submitted.

Members of Mesquite Elks Lodge #2811 raised $670 to purchase gift cards to be given to the Mesquite Senior Center and the Salvation Army to assist in the purchase of prescription medications for seniors who cannot afford to do so themselves. The Eureka Casino and Hotel matched the funds raised.

On Tuesday, Dec. 22, 53 $25 gift cards and one $15 gift card worth a total of $1,340 for the Smiths, Walgreens and Wal-Mart pharmacies were presented to Krissy Thornton, Senior Services Assistant at the Mesquite Senior Center, and Roberta Franco, Director of the Mesquite Salvation Army. The gift cards will be given to individuals who cannot afford to pay the deductible for needed prescription medication.

The first recipient of a gift card was Dan Duke who is homeless and often receives assistance from both organizations. After receiving his $25 gift card, he asked Krissy Thornton to hold the card for him at the Senior Center so that he would not lose it. Krissy said that this is a service that they provide for those individuals, like Dan, who are homeless and have no other way to safely store items such as the gift card.

The members of the Mesquite Elks Lodge want to thank the Eureka Casino and Hotel for helping to make a difference in these seniors’ lives by making their matching donation. We also commend the Mesquite Senior Center and the Salvation Army for their ongoing efforts to provide assistance to individuals and families in need.

ElksGiftCards-12-30-15-02: From left are Harold Straley, Dan Duke, and Bill Oskin. Photo submitted.

ElksGiftCards-12-30-15-02: From left are Harold Straley, Dan Duke, and Bill Oskin. Photo submitted.

Individuals who are interested in joining the Mesquite Elks Lodge can contact the Lodge at (702) 345-2811.