Masonic Angel Foundation Special Broadcast
- FEBRUARY 17, 2003
Update from Broad Ripple Masonic Angel Fund (Indianapolis)
Dear friend of MAF,
Below is an email we received today from Bro. Chris Hodapp of the Broad Ripple Masonic Angel Fund at Indianapolis. As you can see, MAF is alive and prospering in Indiana!
Regards to all,
Bob Fellows/Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.
Received by the Foundation 2/17/2003 at 1:36 p.m.
The Broad Ripple Masonic Angel Fund was recently contacted by the Indiana School for the Blind concerning three students. The first concerns a 19 year old severely retarded and totally blind young man. He will never be able to live unassisted, but the one thing he is able to do beautifully is play the piano. He has been invited to play in a statewide recital and represent the Blind School at that event. Margaret Wilkinson, the School social worker requested $64.95 for his tuxedo rental, which we were more than happy to provide.
The second was on behalf of two young sisters from Gary, both retarded, blind and physically handicapped. The one girl has lost the use of an arm, and the other has recently suffered from a stroke. They reside at the school during the week, and ride a school bus bus for three hours each way back and forth to Gary on weekends. Both children are now in need of prescription medicine, shampoos and cremes for a severe scalp infection, that school officials fear may spread to other children if untreated. Further, neither child has underwear, socks, brushes, combs, or undershirts. Their mother and grandmother are also severely retarded, with no financial or emotional means to help. Margaret requested $77.38 for their prescriptions, and $141.16 for clothing and other supplies.
Fund Trustee Chris Hodapp has issued a check to Indiana School for the Blind in the amount of $283.49 for these worthy requests.
Brother Will Saylor of Centre Lodge #23 and an honorary member of Broad Ripple Lodge has made a sustantial donation to the Fund of literally dozens of new hats, gloves, scarves and sweatshirts to be donated to the Blind and Deaf Schools for children who arrive from home with no warm clothes. The first delivery has been made to the schools, and they are much appreciated. Both of these schools have children from very poor homes who live on the campuses during the week, and sadly, many arrive from home on Monday mornings minus these basic items needed to keep warm when playing outside. Brother Will's very large and generous donation of these items will help tremendously.
I am scheduled to travel to another Lodge this week to spread the word about starting a Fund, and Al McClelland in Ft. Wayne has pledged that, before he's done, he intends to visit every single Lodge in Indiana to do the same!
Chris Hodapp, PM
Broad Ripple Masonic Angel Fund
1716 Broad Ripple Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46220