20 Dec '14, 5pm

Facing hard times, vet with 2 young kids to get special Santa delivery from Elks:

(Tribune News Service) — For one down-on-its-luck family in Portales, Santa Claus is coming to town. Santa's sleigh, which is set for a Saturday night delivery, is lined with reindeer, pulled by a truck and powered by Elks. The Clovis-Portales Elks Lodge No. 1244, which has membership through the area of more than 400, is normally known for giving scholarships -- $70,000 over the last year. But the group doesn't turn down other opportunities to help. "We have meetings three times a month," said Brian Encinias, the lodge's exalted ruler — a position equivalent to president for other organizations, "and we get requests for charitable donations and scholarships." A recent letter was asking for help during the Christmas season. The letter's author was a military veteran, who was wounded during the Iraq War and had income limited to disability payments. With two girls, ages 5 a...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/facing-hard-times-vet-with-2-young...

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