Marsha Silver, left, and Melody Elder, right, coordinators of the McPherson School Supply Train, receive a donation from the McPherson Elks Lodge No. 502, presented by Daryl Patrick, center.

The lodge is a longtime charitable organization in the greater McPherson County area. Funding for the local lodge project is underwritten through a grant from the national Elks Organization.

Daryl Patrick, the secretary for the McPherson lodge, gathered data and submitted the grant proposal.

The $2000 donation for 2017 will go a long way to purchase needed school supplies for kids and families on the free and reduced lunch program in the McPherson elementary schools.

The School Supply Train has been assisting families since the 1990s. Vouchers were included in the enrollment mailings that went to each household of school-aged children.