Usually when we report on “notebooks” and the Masonic Angel Foundation, we refer to notebook computers. Today, however, we report on old-school spiral-bound (paper) notebooks.
The Masonic Angels are deep into their second year of providing “Beehive School Tools” school supply packages. This year they will deliver between 650 and 700 school supply kits to children from Hyannis to Wellfleet.
The Great Notebook Caper
Two weeks ago one of the MAF volunteers noticed that Staples was selling one-subject spiral notebooks for 17 cents each, with a limit of 30 per customer.
On Sunday, July 13th an email went out to local supporters of the Masonic Angel Fund, asking for volunteers to shop at Staples, purchase 30 notebooks and bring them to the Masonic Angel Foundation office in Orleans. All shoppers were offered reimbursement for the $5.42 cost of the purchase. The Masons were looking for a total of 700 notebooks – one for each child.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Beehive
Notebooks started coming – and coming – and coming… Over just a few days, the Masonic Angels received over 1,200 spiral notebooks. Better still, most shoppers would not accept reimbursement and gave the notebooks as a donation. So far, the MAF reports they have issued only $10.84 in reimbursements – so 1,200 notebooks cost them less than a penny apiece.
And the notebooks keep arriving…
MAF President Robert Fellows reports that “Now we’re hoping to get to 1,400 – so that each child can receive two notebooks with their other school supplies.” He also told Cape Cod Today, “The donation of so many notebooks has freed up funds so we can add something extra to each child’s kit.”
Lightning Fast Deployment
The Masonic Angels have already picked up 700 pencil boxes and 640 packs of pencils from Staples in Orleans. They also have a “rather large order” coming in to the Dollar Tree store in South Yarmouth this week. See them all piled up and ready to be packaged below.
Once they receive all of their merchandise, the Masons anticipate the kits will be deployed in a week or two. A small army of volunteers must assemble the kits and deliver them to schools from Hyannis to Wellfleet.
Last year the Masons did a lightning fast pilot test of 50 Beehive School Tools prototypes that went so well they quickly prepared another 285 kits within a few days.
This year the Masonic Angel Foundation was able to expand the school supply program thanks to generous grants from the Federated Church of Orleans’ Virginia Cook Trust and the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust.
(Ready and waiting: 700 pencil boxes, 1,200 spiral notebooks and other items wait for the Masonic Angel Foundation’s “army of volunteers” to assemble school supply packages for over 640 Cape Cod children. MAF photo.)