December 13th, 2002
Masonic Angel Foundation provides grant to the USO New England Council to purchase child care equipment to help USO open a “Baby Barracks”
Excerpt from USO New England Council literature… "Through the generous support of the Masonic Angel Fund, the USO Boston and Logan Centers announce the arrival of “USO Baby Barracks” "
Last spring the Masonic Angel Foundation provided a grant to the USO New England Council to purchase child care equipment to help USO open a “Baby Barracks” at both their Boston Liberty office and their facility at Logan International Airport.
The airport facility provides a place for military families to bring their young children during layovers or while waiting for flights. The Liberty facility in Boston offers the same services to families visiting the city and also offers free, short-duration child care while families come to the Navy yard to meet ships, see doctors or conduct business in the city.
Through the “St. Andrew Fund” the Masonic Angel Foundation funded the purchase of four each of the following: play-crib (combination portable crib and playpen), basic stroller, full-size carriage, car seats, and activity play chairs (which can double as high chairs). In addition to their use at the Baby Barracks facilities, these items are also used at USO and other military family functions. They were quite visible during the commissioning of the USS Preble in November.
The St. Andrew Fund was established in 2001 through a generous grant from The Lodge of St. Andrew. The goals of the St. Andrew Fund are to provide assistance to children in need who live where we do not yet have a Masonic Angel Fund. After 9/11 the program was extended to focus on families of those serving in the military.
Over one hundred families have benefited so far from the Baby Barracks program.