From left to rightKeremeos Elks president Bruce Dennett and Dave Barker accept a donation from Keremeos Royal Purple president Marie Farren and Joan Popovich. (Submitted)

From left to rightKeremeos Elks president Bruce Dennett and Dave Barker accept a donation from Keremeos Royal Purple president Marie Farren and Joan Popovich. (Submitted)

Ladies of the Keremeos Royal Purple donate to help Keremeos Elks

The donation will help the Elks to keep their hall running

The Ladies of the Keremeos Royal Purple made a special socially distanced donation to the Keremeos Elks on Dec. 14.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the year has been hard for both of the community organizations.

“We have had no fundraising, we haven’t been able to do anything,” said Royal Purple president Marie Farren. “But we had a little bit more than they did, because they have all the expenses of the hall, and we just thought we should do something for them, because they’re hurting.”

The donation from the Royal Purple will help to keep the Elks going, and pay the bills and expenses.

Some of the larger events that help raise funds for the Elks were cancelled this year, including the Keremeos Rodeo and the Bluegrass Jamboree.

With fewer expenses, the Royal Purple has so far been able to weather the lack of fundraising.

“We’re okay so far, but another six months of this we might not be,” said Farren.

With news of vaccines making their way to the Okanagan, and more on their way, Farren is hopeful that the next year will be better.

“Once we get these injections, and we get some immunity going out there, somethings got to give.”

The donation from the Royal Purple to the Elks highlights how the community organizations are helping one another.

The Elks have also used a part of the donation to donate in turn to the Keremeos branch of the Royal Canadian Legion for their Christmas hampers.

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