The Masonic Angel Foundation (MAF) commenced their annual Beehive Winter Coats program deliveries this week. Thus far, schools in Eastham, Wellfleet and Dennis have received coat deliveries.
Wednesday, the Ezra Baker Innovation School in Dennis received a delivery of 108 warm coats. The Children's Place in North Eastham and Wellfleet Elementary School received coats on Monday and Tuesday.
This is the fourth year the Masonic Angels have provided winter coats to local children. All coats are brand new. Many of this year's coats come from The Clothes Den in Orleans or from kohls.com. Masonic Angel Foundation President Robert Fellows reports, "Our business partners have been most generous with us once again this year. The average price of one of our coats is just under $20." Coats are either close-outs of last year's designs or aggressively priced styles for 2018.
The Masons started collecting coat requests about two weeks ago. "We fill the requests as the orders roll in - first come, first served," says MAF Board Secretary Mario Mere.
The Masonic Angels will deliver as many as 1,000 coats this year, assuming that many can be sourced at the right price. Wednesday's coats were funded by gifts from the Cape Cod Five, The Lodge of St. Andrew, the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts and a gift from a generous private donor.
Thursday night the Masonic Angel Foundation will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the organization's establishment. The MAF program started in November 1998 at Universal Masonic Lodge in Orleans. It has grown to a national organization with 165 chapters in 14 states.