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"Angel Mail" Update - January
Dear friend of the Masonic
January 1st we published our annual "holiday wrap-up" e-letter in which we
shared stories of the holiday benevolences and other matters of interest to
Masonic Angel Fund volunteers and patrons.
morning we received a packet from one of the foster care agencies with which
we have partnered for several years. This year a number of children in the
custody of this agency received holiday gifts made possible by a combination
of the Boston First Fund, the St. Andrew Fund and several of our affiliate
Masonic Angel Funds throughout Massachusetts. After the holiday rush has
ended the caseworkers at the agency gather up their receipts and send them in
to the Foundation for our records.
The agency is
called the Northeast Center for Youth and Families. They provide foster homes
and ongoing services to high-risk youth, many placed with NCYF through the
Department of Youth Service, Department of Social Services or the Department
of Mental Health. This year they requested an average of $100 per child to
provide holiday gifts, most of which consisted of clothing and outerwear with
a few toys for the younger children.
packet was accompanied by a very moving letter from the case manager who
organized this year's holiday program for the agency. We have placed the
contents of the letter below for everyone's enjoyment. The letter was sent to
the Foundation office but it is really meant for everyone in the MAF
Regards to all,
Fellows, Co-Founder/Board Secretary
I'm not even sure where to
begin. Every year you manage to amaze me even more. When the Christmas
season is approaching and it's time to start thinking about how we are going
to provide a great Christmas for our kids, I always get nervous about whether
or not we will be able to pull it off. And I always hesitate when asking for
the donations that we want because I feel like it's too much money to expect
you to give us. Then I gather some courage and I make the request and the
response comes almost immediately followed by the checks within days and I
literally sit here stunned that you are so willing and able to help us out. I
don't feel as though there is an adequate way to say thank you.
This year I was able to get my
kids just about everything they wanted. Many of them wrote out a Christmas
list and I was able to fulfill their requests. That was the greatest feeling
in the world. The only thing that could have added to it would have been to
witness them opening their gifts on Christmas morning! It is such an
overwhelming feeling to know that we can provide a pleasant Christmas for some
kids who have never really had a real Christmas. It is because of your
generosity that we are able to do that and again I say thank you.
I have enclosed all the
receipts from the money that came through you. Again I say thank you so much
for your generosity and willingness to help us out. It is so nice to know
that we have our own real life Santa Claus just an email or phone call away.
Tracy Perachi, Case Manager
Northeast Center for Youth and