Jackson organization distributes holiday cheer

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JACKSON, Tenn. – A local group decided to start the holiday season a little earlier.

Jackson Elks Lodge # 192 visited several homes today in hopes of spreading Christmas cheer.

The vice president of the lodge says it means the world for him to deliver gifts.

“We deliver Christmas baskets to people in need here in Madison County and have been doing so for over 130 years,” said Wayne Woods, vice president, Elks Lodge # 192.

He says no one should go hungry on vacation.

“The goal of our action is to give people the possibility of having a Christmas meal. If they couldn’t normally do it on their own, we want to give them the equipment to do it, ”Woods said.

Lodge members spent Saturday preparing vacation baskets to distribute to the New Southern Apartments and St. Mary Manor.

“We put it together last night. We had a meeting at the lodge and set up a conversion belt, the assembly line process and assembled 192 Christmas baskets, ”said Woods.

One of the residents of the Manoir St. Mary’s apartments said she was thrilled to receive her holiday gift.

“I am very grateful and I love the freebies. When you get older you don’t have too much, not if you’re far in between. But it is wonderful. It’s a blessing so I’m very happy, ”said Nancy Cardone, a resident.

She also said she was grateful for the support.

“Thank you very much. You are all wonderful. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Cardone said.

The organizers of Elk Lodge # 192 say they hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.

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