East Orleans resident Bill Stockert is a welcome face in schools on the Lower Cape. He is the primary "delivery volunteers" for the Masonic Angel Foundation's Beehive Food Program. Each month he treks to the schools with totes filled with food packages for families in need. The Beehive program also provides school supplies, winter coats, hats, mittens - and, this week, Teddy Bears.
The Teddy Bears are a tradition started last year almost by accident. MAF volunteers were at Dollar Tree picking up hats and mittens last year and saw a display of large bears. Foundation board president Robert Fellows decided to purchase 100 bears as a personal gift to the kids.
This year a member of The Federated Church of Orleans matched Fellows' donation, so MAF was able to purchase 200 Teddy Bears. They will be distributed among preschool programs at local elementary schools plus The Children's Place in North Eastham.
Most of the winter coats, hats and mittens distributed in the Nauset Region were provided by grants from The Federated Church of Orleans and The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. The winter coats were acquired through a special purchase in cooperation with The Clothes Den in Orleans.