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Masonic Angel Foundation Special Broadcast - January 8, 2004
"A New MAF's First Benevolence"

Dear friend of the Masonic Angel Fund,

Today we received the email below from the Friendship Lodge Masonic Angel Fund in Wilmington, Massachusetts. They were writing to report their very first benevolence. We decided to share this with everyone to help us remember the thrill of that first time we helped a child in need.

Regards to all,
Bob Fellows
Co-Founder/Managing Director

EMAIL FOLLOWS (edited for content)
-----Original Message-----
From: Troy Richards
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2004 12:51 PM
Subject: Dear Masonic Angel Foundation

Dear Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.,

As a trustee of a newly created Masonic Angel Fund, I wanted to share our first
benevolence story. It has taken a little time to get started, but we have been able to help our first child. Our Lodge's Worshipful Master, also an Angel Fund Trustee, sent this email out to all of our brethren earlier this week:


You should all feel very proud this morning.

Yesterday, one of our Masonic Angel Fund Trustees, was contacted by one of the school principals for assistance.

The principal of a local elementary school has a young girl at his school that has some issues at home which prevent her from attending school every day. The mom is struggling to make ends meet, and her two brothers have had a tough time within the school system as well. This young lady needs some help.

The principal and trustee spoke at length about the issue. The school principal felt that if this young girl was able to attend the before-school C.A.R.E.S. program every morning, that would ensure her attendance and get her day off to a good start. They talked about "saving" this girl. The family could not afford the $88.00 per month to enroll her, so the principal turned to
the Masonic Angel Fund. The girl needs this program, she needs to start her days in a better environment, with some caring and attention. It may not solve all of her problems, but it is a start.

The C.A.R.E.S program is an extension of the former Extended Day Program. It is run at
every elementary school in town and has grown tremendously. The school opens at 6:45 and runs to 8:20 each child gets a breakfast and activities. Parents provide transportation to the program.

The Friendship Lodge Masonic Angel Fund committed to provide the assistance needed. The first check for $88.00 was written within hours of the original call.

We don't know this girl's name, where she lives or anything about her. We just know that we have helped to make a difference.

Thank you all for your support,
The Trustees of the Friendship Lodge Masonic Angel Fund


Many thanks for helping us get such a wonderful program started. I am very proud to be a Mason and to be making a difference!

Bro. Troy Richards
Trustee, Friendship Lodge Masonic Angel Fund