150 winter coats, 80 pairs of mittens so far this year

DY School Committee honors Yarmouth’s Masonic Angels
Masonic Angels Honored: Francis Mirisola (Yarmouth Masonic Angel Fund), DY School Committee Chair Brian Carey, DY Superintendent Carol Woodbury and David Blake (Yarmouth MAF) celebrate the 15-year partnership between the Masons and the school district.

The Yarmouth Masonic Angel Fund chapter was recently honored by the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District.  Sponsored by Howard Lodge in South Yarmouth, the Yarmouth MAF has served local children for fifteen years.

This year Yarmouth’s Masonic Angels have provided 150 brand new winter coats for local elementary school kids and 80 pairs of mittens.  The coats were funded in cooperation with the Orleans-based Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.   Underwriting included a grant from the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Foundation, the Giles Yates Council in Boston (a Scottish Rite Masonic body) and the local chapter’s own funds. 

Coats were provided to children at Station Avenue Elementary School and M.E. Small Elementary in Yarmouth as well as the Ezra Baker and Wixon schools in Dennis.  The Yarmouth Masons acquired the coats from K-Mart in Hyannis at a deeply discounted price.

This project is part of a wider Beehive Winter Coats program conducted by the Foundation in Orleans.  Local Masons work with school staff and never learn the identity of recipients.  Every child receives a brand new coat.  MAF co-founder Robert Fellows, who leads the national Masonic Angel Foundation, explained, “For some of these kids this may be the first brand-new coat they ever wore.  MAF has always endeavored to provide clothing and outerwear that’s new.  100% of money donated for this project was used to purchase coats.  Local chapters cover all operating overhead.  We require that 100% of donations go to products and services provided to the kids.”

Yarmouth Masonic Angel Fund trustee David Blake told Cape Cod Today, “The members of Howard Lodge are proud to help children who need a warm winter coat.”

In addition to the winter coat program, DY students have received 119 Laptops for KidZ computers since 2010 and 555 Beehive School Tools school supply kits since 2013.   Yarmouth MAF also helps the school staff with requests for individual students’ needs throughout the school year.  YMAF is sponsored by Howard Masonic Lodge and is one of 159 chapters of the national Masonic Angel Foundation, which is headquartered in Orleans.

On the right: Ezra Baker School custodian Brian Guay, Principal Kevin Depin and Yarmouth Masonic Angel Fund volunteer Real Cayer admire some of the coats

DY school superintendent Carol Woodbury values the district’s partnership with the Masonic Angels. In a statement issued to Cape Cod Today, Ms. Woodbury said: 

“We are so very grateful for the generosity of the Masonic Angel Foundation.  Mr. David Blake and Mr. Frank Mirisola represented the group on Monday, November 30 as they were honored for their kind support of the students attending the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District.  The most recent support came in the form of 150 brand new coats  and mittens for needy elementary students.  There has been an ongoing relationship with our district as they provide much needed school supplies every fall and often at midyear.  Most notably this organization accepts donated laptops through their Laptops for KidZ program, refurbishes them and donates the technology tools to the district for distribution to students in need. They are true partners!  We sincerely appreciate all they have done and continue to do for our students.  They are making a tremendous difference.”

Bslow: Mr. Cayer delivered to the school last week. Video courtesy of MAF. 

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