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"Angel Mail" Update – February 22, 2012

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;  what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." - Albert Pike

Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.

150th MAF Chapter Opened

It is with great pride that we announce the opening of the 150th Masonic Angel Fund Chapter.  The Kane Masonic Angel Fund in Neenah, Wisconsin was welcomed on February 17, 2012. 

Kane MAF is sponsored by Twin Cities Lodge #61.

Mid-Winter Service Advisory

Right now we are half way through winter.  Most schools in the Northeastern US are closed for “February vacation” this week.  Since this has been a relatively mild winter, we haven’t seen chapters as busy with winter outerwear as in other years.  However there is an overwhelming need in another area that has eclipsed almost everything else in the MAF universe:   Food.

During the past semester requests for food assistance have surpassed eyeglasses as our highest “units of service” benevolence.  What we are hearing from the field is that so many families are having difficulty that local food pantries do not have sufficient food to take care of everyone in need.  Consequently, many of our chapters are receiving requests from school staff for grocery cards.

Yes, it is absolutely appropriate to fulfill food requests.  We’ve had a lot of calls from our chapters about food benevolences because they haven’t seen much written about food in our literature.  Quite frankly, food wasn’t a big part of the MAF universe during our first decade.  However that has changed as the economy slid into what many are calling the “Great Recession” that started in 2008.

Next week is an appropriate time to make outreach visits to your schools.  Many households are feeling pressure due to the high cost of home heating and gasoline.  Others are struggling to purchase enough food.  Still worse, in less than 30 days most states winter moratoria on utility disconnections will end.  Starting on March 15th we will see many families put on rather Draconian payment plans by their gas and electricity providers in order to maintain their service.  When those payment plans kick in, parents will start having trouble paying for after-school tuition (so a working parent can work their full shift) and may need assistance.  This is one of the reasons why spring is an historically busier time for MAF chapters than even Christmas. 

Please get out to your schools next week to learn where your chapter can help.

Regards to all,

Robert W. Fellows, Co-Founder/Board President

Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.

Phone 508-255-8812