Masonic Angel Fund provides $500 for Orleans children

   Orleans’ Masonic Angels Help with Holidays

     MaryEllen Reed, school nurse at Orleans Elementary School, shows off a Masonic Angel Fund check for $500.  The Masons provided this assistance to enable the school to purchase last-minute holiday gifts and winter clothing for several Orleans children.

Masonic Angel Fund provides $500 for Orleans children

By Walter Brooks

At 8:10 a.m. Wednesday the incoming email alert sounded at Masonic Angel Fund headquarters in Orleans with an urgent message from Orleans Elementary School nurse MaryEllen Reed.

The request came at 8:10, and at 8:45 one of the Orleans Masonic Angels walked into Orleans Elementary with a check for $500.Ms. Reed requested help with eight families at the school who are in dire need at this time of year.  With strong local support, Orleans Elementary was able to provide clothing, winter outerwear and gifts for many of the children but some were still in need.  With just three days before Christmas break, the school reached out to the Masonic Angel Fund as they have done for the past 14 years.

At 8:45 a.m. one of the Orleans Masonic Angels walked into Orleans Elementary with a check for $500.

Universal Lodge in Orleans is the birthplace of the Masonic Angel Fund.  First established at Orleans in 1998, MAF has grown to a foundation of over 150 chapters in 12 states.  The Masonic Angel Fund provides modest assistance to children who might otherwise fall through the cracks in the social service system.  Typical local benevolences fulfill basic needs such as clothing, outerwear, shoes, food, eyeglasses and more.

In 2010 the Masonic Angel Foundation started the Laptops for KidZ project which has placed 380 refurbished computers with children, primarily in southeastern Massachusetts.  This year MAF launched the Beehive Food Program to provide supplemental food packages to families that typically make too much money to qualify for many traditional food programs but not enough to buy all the food they need.  Beehive has provided over 500 monthly “Beehive Food Packages” since May.

By 9 a.m., Ms. Reed was working to purchase the additional gifts and clothing made possible by the fast response of the Masons.

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