York Elks Collect Deer Hide to Make Free Wheelchair Gloves for Veterans

Dec. 3, 2020, 11:19 a.m. ·

The Elks, a non profit organization, is collecting deer hides that are sent to tanneries to make gloves for wheel-chair bound veterans. Matt Walford is the Elk Hide program chair in York and said he encourages people to donate their hides through the end of January.

"It's a pretty amazing program that we offer to benefit our veterans," he said. "Our veterans responded willingly and now it's only fitting that we respond to their needs."

Last year, over 3,000 veterans received free wheelchair gloves through the national program. Walford said veterans can go to any of the 19 local Elks lodges in Nebraska to get a free pair of the fingerless gloves.