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Natick Bulletin & Tab

Natick Masonic lodge helps out families in need
Friday, December 24, 2004

This holiday season, Natick's Meridian Masonic Lodge is assisting several local Dover-based critical and urgent need children and families of deployed military personnel. Through their Masonic Angel Fund, which provides basic necessities to schoolchildren in need, Meridian Masonic Lodge has teamed up with the USO New England Council to provide holiday toys, clothing, games and gifts for several local children.
     USO New England executive director Alice Harkins recently received thousands of dollars from the Masons to assist dozens of these children in an effort to give them a happy holiday. Harkins then adeptly used the donations and funding to purchase as many toys, dolls, games, books, clothing, sports equipment and other gifts as possible through clearance sales, discounts and the cooperation of local merchants for the benefit of the kids.
     "These children and families face significant hardship, both financially and emotionally, during the holidays," said Harkins. "The Masons are constant supporters of the USO and we truly appreciate their generosity as they provide the best of holiday experiences for children suffering as a parent is deployed. By providing these gifts, the Masons are bringing smiles to dozens of military families statewide."
     One of the fastest-growing Masonic charities in the world, The Masonic Angel Fund, a program of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts, was founded in 1998 by John Alden Sherman and Robert W. Fellows, two members of Universal Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Orleans, MA. It has spread to 90 Lodges in 10 states. One of the fundamental principles of the MAF is that 100 percent of the money raised stays in that community and every penny goes to the kids. A cornerstone of the program is the close relationship that develops between the local school system and the sponsoring Lodge, allowing the children to be served in a rapid, efficient manner, underscoring the legacy of Masons as the "can do" people in the community.

Article submitted by:
Jon Kniss
Account Manager
Regan Communications