Elks help family who lost home


After losing their home to a fire just days after Christmas, a young Couchiching First Nation family in grateful for a donation from the local Elks Lodge.
“We’re just really thankful for the help,” said Hillary Morrisseau, the mother of the family that includes three young children.
The cheque (for an undisclosed amount) was presented to the family by local Elks Robert Schulz and Anthony Kadikoff on Friday morning at the Rainy River District Victims Services Program office here.
“How it worked was we applied to the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for children,” explained Schulz.
“And as a result, they’re getting a cheque to help out with their immediate needs.”
The Elks have a long history of supporting children and families in need, noted Kadikoff, such as helping to fund programs for drug awareness, speech impediments, teasing/bullying prevention, sports, and local projects like the cardiac ward in Thunder Bay.”
Efforts to help co-ordinate help for the local family also has come through the RRDVSP.
If members of the public wish to help out the family, they can contact victim services, noted Mary Jane Allen, the RRDVSP’s volunteer co-ordinator/administrative assistant.
As well, Allen reminded the public that the RRDVSP always is there to assist people and families who are victims of similar disasters.