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Newsroom Local Osawatomie Elks Lodge Supports Children in Foster Care

An Osawatomie branch of the Elks Lodge Organization donated 15 blankets to benefit Project Warm Embrace, a Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) program that provides quilts, afghans and blankets to youth in the Kansas foster care system as they are removed from their homes. 

On Dec. 21, Chuck Ulanski, Northeast District Deputy for Elks #921, presented the blankets, along with handmade stockings and stocking stuffers, to Child Protection Specialists at the Osawatomie Service Center. The blankets will be given to children as they come into the custody of DCF.

“I found out about Project Warm Embrace and talked to my Osawatomie Lodge #921 about donating blankets to the children,” Chuck Ulanski said. “The Elks have a tradition of donating to the community.”

This year, Project Warm Embrace has received more than 1,500 quilts and blankets statewide to provide to children in foster care. Learn more about Project Warm Embrace at

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Left to right: Teri Drake-Caruthers, Amanda Creamer, Jennifer Stockard, Chuck Ulanski​​