SIDNEY — Sidney Elks Lodge No. 786 Secretary Christi Thomas has announced that the club has received a $2,000 Beacon Grant from the Elks National Foundation to purchase carbon monoxide (CO) detectors for the Sidney Department of Fire & Emergency Services.
The grant is part of the Elks’ Community Investments Program, developed by the foundation.
Thomas said the fire department distributes smoke detectors to those who cannot afford to purchase them for their homesm and they now have CO detectors, too.
Lochard’s Hardware Do-It Center helped the lodge get a good price, so 89 detectors were purchased and delivered recently.
People who live in the Sidney fire district, which includes Clinton, Orange and Franklin townships, are 18 or older and have proof of identity can obtain CO detectors by visiting the fire department at 222 W. Poplar St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Landlords are not eligible to receive them. Only one detector per household will be distributed.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a fraternal organization focused on serving local communities. It has programs that support veterans, help youth and meet needs specific to Sidney. In 2012, a $2,000 Beacon Grant was used to help purchase supplies for Compassionate Care of Shelby County and in 2014 a Beacon Grant was used to purchase smoke detectors for distribution by the Sidney fire department.
Starting with a $100,000 grant in 1928, the Elks National Foundation grew to budget a record $26 million in 2014 to help build stronger Elks communities.