Two local organizations recently made donations to The Ellie Jean Project.
The Southern Pines Elks Lodge has made a donation of $5,000 to The Ellie Jean Project. This gift comes from a combination of grants the Lodge was able to generate through its own fundraising as well as the national Elks organization.
The Ellie Jean Project is a non-profit organization that raises money to build playgrounds and add equipment to playgrounds so all children, regardless of their physical limitations, have a safe and fun place to play.
The Project is designed to value each individual’s capabilities and efforts to look beyond their disabilities. It will allow adventure and excitement for special needs children while enjoying parallel, social and outdoor play with their non-disabled peers and siblings.
“We are thrilled to be able to support The Ellie Jean Project in a tangible fashion. Our motto is “Elks Care, Elks Share”, and our members could not be happier than to get behind this cause. It is our sincere hope that this donation is not only just a start for the Elks Lodge’s involvement with the Project, but that it will also help draw attention to the effort and serve as encouragement for others to become involved as well, “ says Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Bill Savoie.
Men’s Fellowship of Community Congregational Church donation to Ellie Jean Project
The Men’s Fellowship of Community Congregational Church in Southern Pines has made a donation of $300 to The Ellie Jean Project. This gift comes from the annual sale of hot dogs and soft drinks the men sell every year at Springfest in downtown Southern Pines.
“We are really happy to be able to support The Ellie Jean Project. Our Men’s Fellowship group identifies several local programs each year that we want to contribute to, and this one came on our radar in January. We will continue to look for ways to support Ellie Jean and the other special needs children who will benefit from this project. It is especially gratifying when our congregation can help raise awareness in the community for such a worthy cause,” says Pastor Michael Dubbs.
To learn more about The Ellie Jean Project, call Leslie Clothier at (910) 528-7458, or email to: [email protected], or visit the Project on Facebook.
Feature photo: Southern Pines Elks Lodge donation to Ellie Jean Project