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The Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation

 

Trowel Magazine Article - Summer 2002
Robert W. Fellows, Managing Director

The Masonic Angel Fund – Masons Helping Children in Our Communities

 

In 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 Funds.

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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.

 

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Charles C. Dame Lodge MAF (Georgetown, MA) – Provided winter boots for three children in one family and clothing for a ninth grader whose family had fallen onto difficult times.
 

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St. Martin’s Lodge MAF (Chatham, MA) - Sponsored fourteen students at $15 each to participate in a book fair program. This sponsorship buys schoolbooks for children in need via a book fair where they are given vouchers to purchase books.  – 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.

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Siloam Lodge MAF (Westborough, MA) – Assisted a 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! 

 

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Broad 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.

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Wellesley 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.

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Mariner's Lodge Masonic Angel Fund (Cotuit, MA) – Paid tuition 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.

 

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Mount 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 little girls.

 

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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.

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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. 

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Winslow 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.

 

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St. 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.

 

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Idle 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 Lodge.

 

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The 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.

 

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Citizens 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.