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A group of flood victims gathered at the Sand Springs Elks Lodge in the 500 block of W. Imperial Boulevard June 26, where they received a meal and a donation of gift cards. Rachel Snyder/Leader

The Sand Springs Elks Lodge donated $200 gift cards June 26 to 30 people affected by the recent floods.

Members of the Sand Springs Elks Lodge invited the flood victims to the lodge the evening of June 26 at 546 Imperial Boulevard to pick up their gift cards and enjoy a meal. The Elks organization is a fraternal organization that seeks to support community causes and needs.

Allen Herriage of the Sand Springs Elks Lodge said the Grand Lodge decided to donate $25,000 to five Oklahoma counties affected by the recent floods after a disaster was declared for the area. Tulsa County received $5,000 from the Grand Lodge and members of the Sand Springs Elks Lodge donated another $1,000.

“Every little bit helps,” Herriage said.

Sherry Everett, Emmie and Teresa Wolfe each live in the Town and Country neighborhood, were impacted during the recent floods and got gift cards from the Sand Springs Elks Lodge June 26.

Everett said she’s been able to take things like sheet rock and carpet out of her home, but it will be at least three months before she’s able to live in it again.

“(The donations) help with unexpected expenses,” she said. “It’s hard to know what do replace.”

Teresa Wolfe said she got 52 inches of water in her home.

“We just want to go home,” Wolfe said.

Rachel Snyder 918-581-8315