Trowel Magazine Article
- Summer 2002
Masonic Angel Fund – Masons Helping Children in Our Communities
Robert W. Fellows, Managing Director
recent months our many Masonic Angel Funds have helped countless children.
Here are some highlights from recent e-newsletters published by the
governing Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. which charters local Masonic Angel
Pilgrim Lodge MAF (Harwich, MA) – Partnered
with a local furniture store to provide four beds, mattresses and a kitchen table with chairs to a family
recently escaped from a domestic violence situation. During the Christmas season Pilgrim provided holiday
assistance to twenty-nine local families - $1,000 for thirteen families of
elementary students and $400 for sixteen families of middle school students.
Pilgrim also helped three fourth-graders to attend the "Nutcracker"
with the rest of their class and participated with other organizations to
provide funding for middle school students to attend the "Harry
Potter" movie as part of a school field trip.
C. Dame Lodge MAF (Georgetown, MA) – Provided
boots for three children in one family and clothing for a ninth grader whose
family had fallen onto difficult times.
Martin’s Lodge MAF (Chatham, MA) - Sponsored
fourteen students at $15 each to participate
This sponsorship buys schoolbooks for children in need via a book fair where
they are given vouchers to purchase
St. Martins also Purchased $250 worth of tickets to
a production of Brigadoon for children in classes where they are the only ones
whose families can't afford
to send them. St. Martin’s MAF also sent a middle school student on the
class trip to Quebec City.
Siloam Lodge MAF (Westborough, MA) –
high school student with the final installment for her band trip. Students
pay four installments toward the band’s annual trip to perform in another
state. Between the third and fourth installment the girl's father lost his
job and the family was forced to sell their home and undergo a dramatic shift in
lifestyle. After determining that it was utterly impossible for the
parents to pay the final installment, the guidance director at a local high
school contacted the Siloam MAF and asked for help. The check was
delivered to the guidance office within ninety minutes!
Ripple Lodge #643 (Indianapolis, IN) – Purchased
clothing for a seven-year-old boy at the Indiana
School for the Blind. He was chosen to cut the ribbon for the new school library
and to meet the Mayor and other dignitaries - even have his picture in the
paper. This child lives at the school part-time and is from an utterly destitute
home. He owned one pair of jeans, a couple of dirty tee-shirts and a pair
of girl’s tennis shoes. Instead
of being happy about being chosen as the ribbon-cutter, the boy was humiliated
by his own appearance. In addition
to providing a set of nice clothes the MAF also deposited funds with the school
to see to it this child has everyday clothing, shoes, and personal care items.
Lodge Masonic Angel Fund (Wellesley, MA) - Provided
$150 to pay for eyeglasses for a student whose family could not afford the
expense. The Wellesley MAF also provided a supplementary check in the amount of
$2,100 to the Department of Social Services for transportation that would keep a
second grade child in contact with her pre-adoptive family during specialized
care at an out-of-town facility.
Lodge Masonic Angel Fund (Cotuit, MA) – Paid
for a youngster to keep up his after school art lessons and provided emergency
food vouchers to a mother and two elementary school girls.
They also deposited with the elementary school to provide a young boy
with breakfast every day because he was going to school on an empty stomach.
Horeb Lodge MAF (Dennis, MA) – Purchased
a glucometer for a second grade girl whose insurance did not cover the cost.
This girl is from a single parent home with a hard-working mother and two
Universal Lodge MAF (Orleans, MA) – Funded
approximately $2,000 in camperships to the Clara Barton Summer Camp for Diabetic
Children and to the Joslin Diabetes Center’s summer program.
This funding enabled several severely-diabetic students in Orleans,
Brewster and Eastham to attend these important educational programs.
Universal also provided partial tuition to several students enrolled in
music, voice and dance programs at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans.
Fraternity and Fuller Lodge MAF
(Newton, MA) – Paid $1,325.00 to the Charles River ARC on behalf of two
special needs students in Newton in response to a request from the Special
Education Supervisor for Medical Services of the Newton Public Schools.
Lewis/Adams Lodge MAF (Wellfleet, MA) – Contributed
$3,000 to purchase a wheelchair lift for a young child with a degenerative neuro-muscular
disease. These funds were delivered
to the school within a few hours of the initial request.
Andrew Fund (Funded by a grant from the Lodge of St. Andrew) – Assisted a
military family where the father was overseas and the mother was home with one
child chronically ill and the other terminally ill.
The children must travel to Boston several times a week for treatment.
The family car broke down and required repairs the mother could not
afford. Since the use of the car
was essential to the kids’ medical care, MAF paid for the necessary repairs and
purchased an AAA membership for the mother.
Times Bike Shop, Inc. of North Eastham, MA recently donated several scooters
to the Masonic Angel Foundation for distribution to Masonic Angel Funds in the
Lower Cape Cod region. Each public elementary school from Dennis to
Provincetown received at least one scooter to provide to a family in need.
The scooters were provided to the schools through their local Masonic
Angel Funds. Each local MAF provided a helmet or a voucher for a free
helmet when they delivered the scooter. Idle Times owner Don Watson (a
retired local police chief) has a long record of support for MAF and the CHIP
program. The donation was arranged by Wor. Al Perperian of Universal
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts has established a program of
matching grants for Massachusetts Masonic Angel Funds.
These grants will be made available to constituent MAF’s this fall
through the Masonic Angel Foundation.
Bank Donation – Citizens Bank recently donated funds to underwrite the
production of 10,000 of the Foundation’s new four-color brochures promoting
the Masonic Angel Fund. Citizens
Bank remains a consistent supporter of the Masonic Angel Fund program since
MAF’s inception in 1998.