PRATT — Several Pratt Elks Lodge members traveled to the Fort Dodge Soldiers Home near Dodge City on October 24 and spent the day there assembling outdoor furniture for the residents there.


Don Voss, Kenny Gates, Bev Aldrich and Sheryl Stone put together three benches and a handicapped-accessible picnic table as an addition to last year's garden project.


Last year the Pratt Elks Lodge built raised outdoor garden beds so that Fort Dodge residents could more easily grown their own fruits, vegetables and flowers for their own enjoyment.


The outdoor furniture the club members provided this year was made from recycled tires and formed into benches and tables by Champlin Tire Recycling, Concordia. The project was financed by the Freedom Grant. Pratt Elks Lodge #1141 was one of only 325 lodges in the U.S. to be awarded the $2,500 Freedom Grant this year.


The Pratt Elks Lodge grant committee members who made this project possible were Brenda Riffey, Kasey Voss and Sandy Foster.


"We appreciate all the support from our local Elks by continuing to contribute to ENF and coming to events at the lodge so we can make projects like this happen," Voss said.