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"Angel Mail" Update - December 26, 2005 - "Holiday Wrap-Up"

St. Andrew Benevolence Builder Grant Series Continues
This grant series commenced on November 1, 2005 and runs through January 31, 2006 and will conclude early if the funds are exhausted.

Any Massachusetts Masonic Angel Fund in good standing may apply for a 50% replenishment of benevolences conferred during the grant period. Please note that each qualified Masonic Angel Fund may receive up to a cap of $2,000 for this series. This means that we can replenish 50% of your benevolences up to $4,000 during the life of this grant series.

To apply for a Benevolence Builder Grant simply email the particulars of each benevolence to info@masonicangelfund.org - DO NOT save up your benevolences to be submitted at one time - the money might very well be depleted before you submit your request. Please send your requests as you confer the benevolences.

As always, we express our sincerest thanks to our Brethren in The Lodge of St. Andrew for their continued generosity to Massachusetts' Masonic Angel Funds.


Welcome to Our Newest Masonic Angel Funds
We are pleased to report the following new Masonic Angel Funds:

101 Level Lodge Worcester MA 11/08/2005
102 Warren Lodge Amesbury MA 11/07/2005
103 Webster Lodge Webster MA 11/21/2005

Since the Universal Lodge Masonic Angel Fund carries the designation of MAF #0, this places us at 104 Masonic Angel Funds in eleven states.


Holiday "Wrap-Up"

Once again this year, our Masonic Angel Funds have played a critical role in providing holiday assistance to hundreds of children in need. As each holiday season passes, the volume of benevolences goes up and it becomes all the more difficult to choose which ones to report here. We have listed below some highlights of the holiday season. If space permits we will include some more stories in our next broadcast.

Hope Lodge MAF (Gardner, MA) - Purchased winter outerwear for approximately 45 children.

Star-Athol Lodge MAF (Athol, MA) - Partnered with a local agency to provide holiday gifts for <> 66 children and purchased winter outerwear for 41 children in the Athol-Royalston regional school system.

Paul Revere Lodge MAF (Brockton, MA) - Emergency assistance for two children whose single mother died suddenly, reading materials for a group of special ed students whose parents could not afford the items, holiday gift package for a boy in foster care, eyeglasses for two children, emergency assistance for two children whose home burned down, tuition to send four children to a school vacation science enrichment camp.

George Taber Lodge MAF (Fairhaven, MA) - Purchased winter clothing for five children.

John Cutler Lodge MAF (Abington, MA) - Mini-conditioning program at South Shore Hospital Rehabilitation for a ten-year-old girl, after-school art program for a ten-year-old boy, clothing for a seven-year-old girl, clothing and holiday gifts for two children.

Nauset Light Lodge MAF (Orleans, MA) - Clothing and holiday gifts for forty-one students at the Latham School in Brewster, MA.

Meridian Lodge MAF (Natick, MA) - USO holiday gift packages for twenty-five children whose parent is stationed at Natick Lab.

Universal Lodge MAF (Orleans, MA) - Field trip fees for three seventh grade girls, clothing and educational items for a kindergarten boy, winter clothing for fifteen children, after-school program tuition for one elementary school student.

Boston First Fund (Boston, MA) - Holiday gift packages for twenty children in the Big Sisters program, clothing and holiday gifts for sixteen children in foster care with New England Center for Youth and Families, holiday gifts and clothing for seventeen children served through the Department of Youth Services in Roxbury.

Simon W. Robinson Lodge MAF (Lexington, MA) - USO holiday packages for two children at Hanscom Air Base.

Frank W. Thompson Lodge MAF (Bedford, MA) - USO holiday packages for two children at Hanscom and one in Bedford.

Joseph Warren-Soley Lodge MAF (Lincoln, MA) - USO holiday packages for two children at Hanscom, after school tuition for six students (6th & 7th graders), eyeglasses for a seven-year old girl.

St. Alban's Lodge MAF (Foxboro, MA) - Holiday gift packages for ten children and eyeglasses for a nine-year-old girl.

Fraternal Lodge MAF (Centerville, MA) - Holiday gift packages for twenty-six children through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cape Cod program.

Mount Horeb Lodge MAF (Dennis, MA) - Holiday gift packages for nine children through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cape Cod program.

Marine Lodge MAF (Falmouth, MA) - Holiday gift packages for seven children through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cape Cod program.

Howard Lodge MAF (Yarmouth, MA)
- Holiday gift packages for nine children through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cape Cod program.

King Hiram's Lodge MAF (Provincetown, MA) - Holiday gift packages for fourteen families in partnership with the Interfaith Council for the Homeless, clothing and other necessary items for a pre-school girl, school trip fee for a fifteen-year-old boy, winter outerwear for a sixteen-year-old girl, holiday gifts and clothing for a family where the father has a catastrophic illness, clothing and holiday gifts for approximately ten students at Provincetown High School, clothing/holiday gifts for a family with five children. We note that King Hiram's Lodge, though a separate (non-MAF) charity fund, also provided $2,000 in fuel assistance to Provincetown families in need.

Please send us news of your holiday benevolences so we can share them with the rest of the MAF on-line community.


Zip Code Directory

Several people in the MAF community have asked for an easier way to find out if a particular community is covered by an extant Masonic Angel Fund. Our current directory of Masonic Angel Funds lists the city where the sponsoring Lodge is located. However, there are many of our constituent MAF's that serve children in several towns.

In order to come up with a "zip code search engine", our webmaster needs a list of all zip codes that are served by each Masonic Angel Fund. Please save us some postage by emailing your MAF name and the zip codes/city names it serves to webmaster@masonicangelfund.org - information should be submitted as it is in the following example:

Universal Lodge Masonic Angel Fund
02653, Orleans
02643, East Orleans
02662, South Orleans
02631, Brewster
02642, Eastham
02651, North Eastham

Thank you for providing our webmaster with the information necessary to fuel this new search engine.

Share Your News!

Do you have benevolence stories you would like to share with the rest of the MAF on-line community? If so, please email them to angelfund@listserver.blackwidowweb.net and we will pass them along to your colleagues.

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