As traditions go, no one is quite sure when the Iola Elks first started giving away food baskets at Christmastime.
Its been at least 50 years, members said. Perhaps the tradition goes as far back as when the club was formed about 100 years ago.
Whenever it started, its a tradition that has evolved over time while maintaining its core belief: People helping people in Allen County.
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