The Masonic Angels are scurrying around this weekend as they finalize their fifth annual Beehive School Tools school supply distribution. This year 1,000 Cape children will receive school supply packages from the Masonic Angel Foundation.
"Staples has been very generous with us this year," reports Masonic Angel Foundation (MAF) president Robert Fellows. "They provided excellent quality items at deeply discounted prices." The Masons report that the management and staff at the Orleans Staples store have been "heroic" in their logistical work.
MAF volunteer Adam Menges related a typical Beehive visit to Staples, "We walked in a couple of weeks ago to purchase 2,000 spiral notebooks. They flew us through checkout, loaded our vehicles - a pickup truck and SUV - to the brim and had us on our way with 2,000 notebooks in under 20 minutes."
"School supplies are a costly challenge to many families in need. Last week I had to make an emergency purchase for some high school boys that are in foster care. While shopping for their necessities, I encountered several families that were shopping the store with calculators in hand as they tried to stay within a budget. Our local MAF chapters are proud to relieve that burden just a bit." remarked Mr. Fellows, who co-founded MAF in Orleans nineteen years ago. The program has grown to 164 chapters in thirteen states.
MAF provides winter coats, hats, mittens, eyeglasses, food and many other necessities for children who might otherwise fall through the cracks in our social service system. Cape Cod Today readers will be most familiar with the MAF's Laptops for KidZ project and various programs that MAF operates under the "Beehvive" banner - Beehive Food, Beehive School Tools, Beehive Winter Coats.
Here on Cape Cod, the Beehive School Tools program is funded by local Masonic Lodges and grants from The Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation, The Federated Church of Orleans, The Lodge of St. Andrew and the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts as well as donations from generous individuals.
The Masonic Angel Foundation is a 100% volunteer-operated charity, with no paid staff.