The Masonic Angel Foundation's Beehive Winter Coats project buzzed into Cape Cod Head Start recently with 230 winter coats and snow pants. This is the first year Head Start received coats from the Beehive Angels.
Last year the program distributed over 1,200 coats from Wellfleet to Falmouth. So far this year, the Masons have delivered over 1,100 coats and just received a second shipment which will clear their waiting list and allow them to do additional deliveries.
Beehive Winter coats are all brand new, consisting primarily of last year's close out styles and deeply discounted coats purchased locally. The Masonic Angel Foundation's (MAF) primary retail partner is The Clothes Den in Orleans, with K-Mart in Hyannis also a critical partner.
"The cold weather arrived a bit early this year," said MAF co-founder Robert Fellows. "We ordered the first thousand coats last spring and they were delivered in early October. Those coats were all delivered to schools within ten days of their arrival." The MAF works with schools from Wellfleet to Falmouth. Volunteers from the Cape's various Masonic Angel Fund chapters arrange to deliver coats to the schools in their towns.
This is the Beehive Winter Coats project's fifth year of operation. The all-volunteer Masonic Angel Foundation works exclusively with local schools and social service agencies. The program's volunteers never learn the identities of the children who receive the winter coats. "We provide the tools for the school professionals and agency social workers to help the kids," reports MAF board member William Stoeckert of Orleans.
Beehive winter coat deliveries will continue through the holidays.