The Masonic Angel Fund in Dennis today delivered 50 brand new backpacks to the Wixon Innovation School, part of a Cape-wide effort to distribute over 200 backpacks received this month through a special purchase with Staples. Mount Horeb Masonic Lodge members Jim Gilrein and Luke Furey delivered the backpacks this morning and report the school staff were thrilled to receive them.
School staff will select which students receive the backpacks. The Masons never learn the identity of the children they assist. "Preserving confidentiality makes it much easier for the schools to work with us," said MAF volunteer Jim Gilrein.
Staples in Orleans recently offered the Masonic Angel Foundation a special purchase for most of its backpack clearance items. The Masons paid an average of $6.90 per backpack. Many items carried retail ticket prices from $19 to $59. "Staples has been wonderful to us with their clearance specials over the years. They're an integral part of our local support system," reports Foundation president Robert Fellows. "We are very fortunate that local vendors work with us in this way, as it helps us better leverage the funds our donors provide for this purpose."
A large portion of the funding for the MAF's "Beehive School Tools" project is provided by the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank's charitable foundation.