Twenty-five elementary school students in Yarmouth will wear new winter coats this week thanks to the Yarmouth Masonic Angel Fund, sponsored by Howard Masonic Lodge.
Assisted by generous discounting at K-Mart in Hyannis, the Masons purchased 25 winter coats of assorted sizes Sunday afternoon. The coats will be delivered to the schools this week.
Yarmouth’s Howard Lodge has sponsored their Masonic Angel Fund chapter for the past thirteen years, providing approximately $25,000 in charitable assistance to Yarmouth children in recent years. Benevolences have included winter clothing, prescriptions, program tuition, personal hygiene items, food assistance and school supplies.
Plus 76 computers to Yarmouth students, and praise from D-Y Superintendent Carol Woodbury
Yarmouth MAF has also underwritten the refurbishing of 76 computers provided to Yarmouth students through the Masonic Angel Foundation’s Laptops for KidZ project. The fair market value of the refurbished laptops and desktops is approximately $20,000.
In August the chapter provided 100 “Beehive School Tools” school supply kits for children at the M.E. Small and Station Avenue elementary schools in Yarmouth. Beehive School Tools is an offshoot of the Masonic Angel Foundation’s thriving Beehive Food Program.
Remarking on this week’s donation, D-Y Superintendent of Schools Carol Woodbury told Cape Cod Today, “We are extremely grateful to the Yarmouth Masons for the new coats they delivered to Station Avenue and Marguerite Small Schools. I realize that the quote, ‘It takes a village’ may seem overused, but that is always the thought I have when I see such generosity. We teach our children to care by caring. These folks really care!”
15 years of helping Cape Cod neighbors
The national Masonic Angel Fund program is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month. The very first Masonic Angel Fund was established in 1998 at Universal Masonic Lodge in Orleans.
Masonic Angel Fund chapters work with school staff and certain social service agencies. The Masons do not learn the identity of the children they assist, preserving the confidentiality of the receipt family. In the case of the winter coats, school staff will determine which students receive one of the 25 coats provided by Yarmouth’s Masonic Angels.
Read the other recent Masonic Angel Fund stories here.