It took twenty volunteers about 55 minutes to package school supply kits for 1,000 Cape kids Monday night. The volunteers - men and women from a teenager to an 84-year-old gentleman - gathered at Odd Fellows in Orleans and made short work of the project. This is the fifth year local Masonic Angel Fund chapters have provided school supply kits. The Masons have delivered over 5,000 school supply kits since 2013.
Starting today, volunteers will deliver large cartons of school supplies to schools from Wellfleet to Hyannis. Depending upon the school's request, some buildings receive kits packaged for individual children, while other schools prefer the supplies be delivered in bulk.
This year's Beehive School Tools distribution included:
|Brewster/Nauset Youth Alliance||55||55|
|Hyannis West Elementary||150||250|
|M.E. Small Elementary - Yarmouth||75||325|
|Station Avenue Elem - Yarmouth||75||400|
|Nauset Regional Middle School||60||460|
|Ezra Baker School||75||535|
|Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter||55||590|
|Wixon Innovation School||150||797|
|Pilgrim (Monomoy HS)||84||881|
|Monomoy Middle (Chatham)||76||1000|
Beehive School Tools is underwritten by grants from the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, The Federated Church of Orleans, the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts, the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, The Lodge of St. Andrew, Cape Cod Today and many generous individual donors. "Community support for this program was especially strong this year. Beehive School Tools provides the some of the basics a child needs to start school. Donors understand the need and support it most generously," reports Masonic Angel Foundation co-founder and president Robert Fellows.
Once again this year, the majority of school supplies were purchased through Staples in Orleans. "Nick, the store manager in Orleans, did incredible work for us this year. Not only did he bring us incredible savings, he warehoused the supplies until we were ready to deploy. Yesterday morning Nick and his team packed our ten foot UHaul truck so well you couldn't have fit in another file folder. It's especially satisfying to see a big corporation like Staples exercising such generosity in our community. We even had our MAF chapters from Framingham come down to Orleans to get their school supplies from Nick," reports Mr. Fellows.
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