One hundred and eight Cape Cod children recently received winter coats thanks to multiple Masonic Angel Fund chapters and their charitable partners.
In Orleans, Brewster and Eastham 76 children received coats. The recipients attend elementary schools in Orleans, Brewster and Eastham as well as Nauset Regional Middle School and the Children’s Place in Eastham.
Six Wellfleet Elementary School students received coats and 25 elementary school children in Yarmouth are wearing a new parka today. One student at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School received an adult-sized coat, as well.
Coats were obtained primarily from Kmart.com as well as at the Hyannis Kmart store and TJ Maxx store in Orleans.
The Federated Church of Orleans gave MAF a generous grant to help cover coats for Orleans, Brewster and Eastham children. The Masonic Angel Foundation utilized additional grant funds received last month when requests ran beyond the church’s grant. In Yarmouth the Masonic Angel Fund chapter sponsored by Howard Lodge funded the purchase of 25 coats and Wellfleet’s children were covered by the Winslow Lewis-Adams Masonic Angel Fund.
The Masonic Angel Fund relied on local school staff and children’s service groups to identify children who needed a coat. The Masons never learn the identity of recipients.
Cindy Horgan, Executive Director of the Children’s Place, told CapeCodToday.com, "This is another example of community partners taking care of community members. The Lower and Outer Cape sets an example of what true 'community' is."
The Federated Church of Orleans has partnered with the MAF on several recent initiatives, including the Beehive Food Program, the Beehive School Tools school supply project and the MAF’s winter coat initiative.
The support of our donors allowed us to expand some existing programs this year and also to launch an organized outreach for winter coats. We had planned for 70 coats but, as requests kept coming in, we were fortunate enough to receive an unanticipated donation from an off-Cape private foundation donor,” reports MAF co-founder Robert Fellows.
Can I Wear It Home?
Christine Sieger, executive director of Nauset Youth Alliance, said that the kids in Brewster after school programs (and their parents) were thrilled with the coats. The families "were amazed at the styles and colors that were offered". "Our office turned into a fitting room where over 30 jackets were matched up to the children. Everyone wanted to wear their coat home that day," Ms. Sieger reports.
Next up: more school supplies
In early January the Masons will do a second round of Beehive School Tools school supply kits, replenishing some of the supplies they provided for area children when school opened. Once again The Federated Church of Orleans is partnering with the MAF in support of kids in Orleans, Brewster and Eastham.