|Cape Codder Magazine - December 20th, 2001|
Area children to
benefit from Masonic angels
ORLEANS — Seventeen children from Dennis to Provincetown will be getting an unexpected gift for Christmas — a scooter donated by the Idle Times Bike Shop of North Eastham and distributed through the Masonic Angel Foundation.
The Masons will deliver the scooters — with an appropriate helmet — to local schools, which, in turn, will present one to a family in need of holiday assistance, according to Susan Hockman, the foundation’s executive director.
Idle Times owner Donald Watson contacted the Masonic Angel Fund earlier this month with the offer to donate the scooters.
The Masonic Angel Fund is a national charity program founded in 1998 by Eastham residents John Alden Sherman and Robert Fellows at the Universal Masonic Lodge in Orleans. The foundation was established last year to promote the Angel Fund program across the nation, Hockman said.
She said that Angel Funds provide assistance to children in need and who do not qualify for assistance from traditional service programs.
She said that Masons also support school nurses, counselors and administrators in providing help to children identified by local school staffs as having a particular need. This assistance typically would include clothing, eyeglasses, after-school program tuition, scholarships to fine arts programs and field trip fees.
Hockman said that every Masonic lodge in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties operates an Angel Fund.
" One of the cornerstones of the Angel Fund program is that 100 percent of the money raised in the name of a local Masonic Angel Fund must go to the children of that community, " she said.