It's Sunday morning and Universal Masonic Lodge in Orleans is a beehive of activity. Today is "Beehive Sunday" where volunteers prepare food packages for dozens of Cape Cod families served by the Masonic Angel Foundation's Beehive Food Program. "Team Beehive" commences work around 8 a.m. and finishes assembling, packing and dispatching the heavy totes to the various schools that will receive the packages this week.
The project happens in phases. Yesterday volunteers picked up all of the grocery items at the Dollar Tree store in Dennisport. Beehive Sunday begins with one team unloading the vehicles, then moves into package assembly with a larger team and finishes with the whole group packing the food in large plastic totes for delivery to the schools. Monday morning a different team of volutneers will deliver the food to the schools.
This particular Beehive Sunday also featured final distribution of over 200 backpacks the Masonic Angels received from Staples during the week as well as the packaging of the 200 Teddy Bears they will distribute to pre-school children around the Lower Cape. 75 of the bears are heading to The Children's Place in Eastham this week. The rest will find homes over the next few days.
During its five year history the Beehive Food program has evolved to provide far more than monthly food packages. It now provides school supplies to 1,000 children each summer, winter coats (383 so far this year), backpacks, teddy bears and more. The Masonic Angel Foundation also operates the Laptops for KidZ project, which provides refurbished laptops to local schools to be sent home with children who don't have access to a home computer. The Masonic Angel Fund program has served Cape Cod children for eighteen years..