Murrells Inlet Elks pack boxes for soldiers overseas

  • Friday, March 21, 2014

Anita Crone/For The Times Bob Ritz prepares for a packing day at the Murrells Inlet Elks Lodge.

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Murrells Inlet is sending its best overseas.

About a dozen members of the Veterans Committee of the Murrells Inlet Elks Club gathered Tuesday morning to pack cardboard boxes with foodstuffs, toiletries, baby wipes, music and other items bound for military members serving overseas.

It’s what the locals do three times a year, “our way of helping,” said Bob Ritz, incoming committee chairman.

The Elks lodge has been helping veterans in the war zones for about 10 years to the tune of $700 to $1,000 – including postage – each time the group sends off the care packages.

But the committee’s reach goes beyond the shipments, Ritz said. Members and volunteers have staffed every Honor Flight, place wreaths on the graves of military members buried in Florence National Cemetery, pick up sundries for the VA clinic in Myrtle Beach and, as of a year ago, offers golf equipment – clubs and bags – to disabled vets.

The organization also provides walking aids, including wheelchairs, for military veterans in need.

“We’re veterans and we understand,” Ritz said, adding that the programs run on member donations and money raised in the October miniature golf tournament the Elks sponsor.

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