Elkhorn Elks host event to thank essential workers

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On Saturday, the Elkhorn Elks celebrated essential workers with a drive-through hotdog lunch in Elkhorn, Manitoba.

The lunch was open to all members of the public who wanted to take part. The event wasn’t a fundraiser, the Elks ran the event just to thank essential workers.

Kevin Tutthill of the Elkhorn Elks says the groups considers all workers essential.

“The idea of Essential Workers Day originated with the Elks of Canada and they told us that we should do something for essential workers—for everyone that has helped us make it through the pandemic,” said Tutthill.

“As a group we decided that everybody has been essential through this pandemic and if you made it through this you’ve been essential. That’s why we opened it to whoever wanted to come out.”

The group served hotdogs to more than 150 people who came from as far as Virden and Moosomin.

“With our COVID rules in Manitoba, we originally wanted to do a walk-up where you could come grab a hotdog, but because of the very tight Covid-19 restrictions, we did the drive-through instead.”

“We’ve had lots of comments from different people in the community that drove through that day.

Tutthill says that the hotdog lunch was a welcome event for the Elks, noting that the group has moved much of its fundraising activities online, but has not had a lot of in-person events due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Spencer Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator