Today is "D-Day" for the Masonic Angel Foundation's Beehive School Tools school supply program. Late this afternoon volunteers with the Masonic Angel Foundation will gather at Odd Fellows Hall in Orleans to assemble school supply packages for 1,000 local children from Wellfleet to Hyannis.
This is the fifth year the Masons have distributed school supplies. 2018 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the Masonic Angel Fund program, which was established at Universal Masonic Lodge in Orleans in 1998. MAF has grown to a national program with 165 chapters in 14 states.
The vast majority of this year's school supply items were purchased from Staples in Orleans by special arrangement. "Staples provided terrific bargains such as Crayola brand crayons for only 50 cents per package, spiral notebooks for only 17 cents each and much more," reports Masonic Angel Foundation president Robert Fellows. "We could not do this program without the generous support of our donors and the strong support of business partners like Staples."
Funding for Beehive School Tools comes from a number of donors including the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, The Federated Church of Orleans, the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts and the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts as well as local Masonic Angel Fund chapters and individual donors.
Cape Cod Today will have a reporter at tonight's "assembly party" and will provide more detail following the event.