FARMINGTON — Farmington Elks Lodge No. 1747 participated earlier this year in the national Veterans Leather Program.

Each year, hunters are asked to donated hides from elk, deer, antelope and oryx to their local Elks Lodges.

The hides are tanned and turned into leather, which is then used in therapy programs for veterans in rehabilitation hospitals throughout the country.

For each donated hide, hunters received a ticket for a raffle at the New Mexico Elks Association's state convention.

This year, Alfred Saavedra, of San Rafael, won a double-barrel black powder shotgun. Regy John won a gun-cleaning kit, Kim Grady won a Wyoming knife and Phil Emig won $100.

For more information about the program and details about how to participate, contact Richard Honneffer, chairman of the Veterans Leather Program for the New Mexico Elks Association, at 505-608-6105 or

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