The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

February 10, 2013

Elks support troops with care packages

— Ron Smith says he remembers how good it felt to receive a care package when he was stationed in South Korea during the Vietnam War.

To be able share that feeling recently with troops serving in Afghanistan and other locations overseas was incredibly gratifying, he said.

“If you’ve never been overseas, and never been in service, you don’t know how welcome a package from home is,” said Smith, a member of Elks Lodge 980 in Rock Island.

For the eighth consecutive year, members of Elks lodges across Illinois gathered in Springfield to assemble care packages to be mailed to American troops serving overseas. The group met at Hilton Springfield.

Each person grabbed a U.S. Postal Service shipping box, filled it with items and then handed it to other volunteers to be mailed.

The goal this year was to send more than 700 boxes of supplies, containing snack foods, easy-to-prepare meals, toiletries, playing cards, batteries, Tylenol and energy drinks, among other things, Smith said.

The group has shipped more than 5,000 boxes overseas in eight years, said Larry Smith, president of the Illinois Elks Association.

Mike Thonin, Support our Soldiers coordinator, said each of the 72 Elks lodges across the state donated supplies or money to cover shipping costs.

As long as there are troops stationed overseas, Thonin said, the Elks will continue to ship care packages each January.

“Our model in the Elks is, as long as there are veterans, they’ll never be forgotten,” he said.

The national leader of the Elks, Tom Brazier, attended the event.

Brazier, who lives in California, said seeing so many people work together to help soldiers was impressive.

“Whenever I get to go to a state and see how many people they’re serving, it just blows you away,” Brazier said.

Story and photo used with permission from The State Journal-Register. Online: http://www.sj-r.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Police Report Incidents reported to police include: Danville Tuesday: Theft of $46.70 in gas from Circle K, 121 S. Gilbert St. Theft of a license plate sticker in the 900 block of Hubbard Lane. Wednesday: Possession of alcohol in a vehicle in the 2400 block of Ca

    April 18, 2014

  • translate4.jpg In translation DANVILLE — With the help of a Japanese exchange student, the Vermilion County War Museum staff has a better understanding of some of its items.

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Proposed school standards reviewed Proposed school standards reviewed The Associated Press

    April 18, 2014

  • Elementary students to tackle math problems DANVILLE -- First-graders from all eight of Danville's elementary schools will tackle story problems, progressive computation, multiplication, fractions and even algebra at the third annual Danville District 118 First-Grade Math Challenge next week.

    April 18, 2014

  • Arena sells autographed posters on eBay DANVILLE - Want a piece of history from the David S. Palmer Arena? Several autographed posters are up for eBay auction right now from artists who've performed through the years at the arena. There are posters signed by Jason Aldean, Rodney Carrington

    April 18, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls: Wednesday, 10:18-10:39 a.m. -- A false alarm at 1900 E. Main St. Wednesday, 12:02-12:14 p.m. -- A medical call in the 100 block of South Gilbert Street. Wednesday, 7:55-8:02 p.m. -- A medical call

    April 18, 2014

  • Bomberger, Ryan.jpg Women's clinic helps 'one child at a time' DANVILLE — Music, testimony and updates are on the agenda at the Women’s Care Clinic’s annual Banquet for Life fundraising dinner.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Night of Strings tonight

    April 17, 2014

  • Egg hunt set for Carver Park

    April 17, 2014

  • County to improve portion of Perrysville Road DANVILLE -- Perrysville Road will be the focus of roadwork by Vermilion County Highway Department crews this year. The Vermilion County Board approved a resolution this week to fund the county's portion of the project, which will stretch southeast fr

    April 17, 2014

E-edition
AP Video
Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
NCAA basketball
NDN Video
Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid"
Must Read