The 16th Annual Christmas in July was held at the Claremore Elks Lodge #1230 on Sept. 19. The event was organized by the Claremore Elks Lodge ACTS Committee and Oklahoma Chapter 20 Blue Star Mothers.
The event is the largest fundraiser for the Oklahoma Chapter 20 Blue Star Mothers, according to a media release. The funds are used to purchase items for the care packages and mail to troops overseas.
The event raised over $37,000 and was made possible by donations from local businesses and individuals. Platinum members this year were Rogers State University, Claremore American Legion Post 141 Legionnaires, The Veteran of Foreign Wars Claremore Chapter and The Elks National Veterans Service Commission.