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November 9th, 2004 - "A Smile for the Boston First Fund"

Dear friend of the Masonic Angel Fund,

Most readers are by now familiar with the Boston First Fund, a "partnership" Masonic Angel Fund sponsored by the Lodges in Massachusetts' First Masonic District and charged with the challenging mission of helping children in the immediate Boston area.

One of the principal groups served by the "BFF" is the ABCD Head Start program that serves young children in the metro Boston area. Today we received the note below from the North End Head Start program:

"Dear Boston First Fund,

I am sending this letter of thanks for your kind assistance in the amount of $150. The money was used to buy clothing for a child in our North End Head Start Program who was in need of fall and winter clothing. The child was coming to school dressed inappropriately and due to frequent accidents at school, has used his supply of clothing at home. This has been a great help to the mother and on behalf of the mom and myself, I would like to say thank you.

Due to your kind assistance, we were able to purchase pants, sweaters, a winter jacket, scarf, boots and sneakers for the child. Attached is a copy of the slips proving proof of purchase. It is wonderful to know there is such a place who would help a family in such need. I am looking forward to working with you in the future. Thank you again.

Marilyn Frissora, Program Administrator
North End Head Start"

Attached to this letter were sales receipts from Marshalls and Payless Shoesource that total $156.36.

This is a nice example of the good work done by the Boston First Fund.

The receipts tell a story of the "value for the dollar" we get when our professional partners in the schools and other agencies go shopping for a child in need. First of all, the math tells us that Ms. Frissora paid a modest overage out of her own pocket. Then we look at the receipts. Everything on the Marshalls receipt appears to be a clearance-priced item. Ms. Frissora purchased thirteen items at Marshalls with the most expensive - probably the winter coat - costing only $19.99. The footwear receipts from Payless Shoe Source shoe sneakers and boots that cost a total of $21.49 - one of the items was on sale for 50% off.

Once in a while a new Masonic Angel Fund trustee will ask us about our experiences in sending a nurse, teacher or social worker out to buy clothes for a little girl or boy. We are proud to point to stories like this one to show how aggressively these professionals leverage MAF dollars to get the most they can for the child in need.

So today we offer a big tip of the "MAF halo" to the Boston First Fund and to the staff of the ABCD Head Start program. Together they are making a difference for Boston's children in need.

Regards to all,
Bob Fellows
Co-Founder/Board Secretary
Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.