Cullman Elks collecting donations to deliver to Hurricane Florence victims

Photo courtesy of Cullman Elks Lodge #1609

Elks members will be at the Cullman Elks Lodge (1609 Brantley Ave. NW) accepting donations Sunday (Sept. 16) from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and weekdays from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. until the truck departs. Find out more at (Photo courtesy of Cullman Elks Lodge #1609)

CULLMAN – Cullman Elks Lodge #1609 is reaching out to help those in the Carolinas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The Elks Travel Squad will head out when other Elks in the affected areas are able to return to their communities. The Elks team will travel in a motor home and trailer packed with grills and food. The members will prepare meals for storm victims while delivering needed items.

The Elks are asking for the community’s help and support.  They are accepting the following donations:

  • Water
  • Diapers, wipes, formula
  • Adult incontinence products
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Toiletries including feminine products
  • Cleaners, bleach, liquid soap, hand sanitizer
  • Garbage bags and Ziploc bags
  • Towels and wash clothes
  • Pillows, blankets, bed linens
  • Charcoal
  • Flashlights, batteries, lanterns
  • Manual can-openers
  • Paper plates, napkins, plasticware 
  • Coloring books, crayons, cards, Uno or other children’s activities
  • Comfort toys (stuffed toys or dolls)
  • Dog food, cat food, litter, blankets, bowls, pet necessities 
  • The Elks are not accepting clothes at this time.

Monetary donations can be made at Peoples Bank to the Cullman Hurricane Florence Relief Fund. Donations and gift cards will also be accepted at the Elks Lodge with receipts available upon request. Donations are tax-deductible. 

Karri Willis Ridgeway, a member of the Elks Travel Squad, said, “We really need the truck loaded ASAP. The people in North Carolina and South Carolina need our help. We traveled to Texas after Hurricane Harvey last year and the experience was incredibly humbling.”

Cullman Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Dale Ball added, “Part of our mission is to do what we can to help our Elks families and the needs of their communities. We learned a lot after last year’s trip, and the Cullman community really helped us. Unfortunately, we have another storm this year, but we are ready when they tell us it’s ok to come.”

The Cullman Elks hope to leave Cullman Thursday for the Carolinas although they have not been told a specific destination. Elks members will be at the lodge accepting donations Sunday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and weekdays from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. until the truck departs.

The Cullman Elks Lodge is located at 1609 Brantley Ave. NW, Cullman, AL 35055. It can be reached at 256-734-9943. Find out more at

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