Masonic Angel Fund volunteers from Pilgrim Lodge in Harwich delivered 17 winter coats to Harwich Elementary School today. The coats were requested last week and were obtained from The Clothes Den in Orleans. The Clothes Den has provided all of the 411 winter coats the Masons have distributed across the Cape this year.
Pilgrim Lodge member Bob Heppe received the request from Harwich Elementary last week and immediately transmitted it to MAF "headquarters' in Orleans. MAF president Robert Fellows brought the order to The Clothes Den that same morning. The following day Clothes Den proprietor Dennis Talbot called to say the coats were ready. A quick email back to Mr. Heppe and arrangements were made to retrieve the coats for delivery this morning.
With temperatures in the 30's this morning, the coats could not have arrived at a more opportune time. Harwich Elementary School principal Samuel Hein received the coats and began distribution right away.
Thus far this season, the Masonic Angel Foundation has distributed 411 winter coats along with numerous hats, mittens, teddy bears, backpacks and more. The Masons never learn the identity of the kids who receive their assistance. Children who need assistance are selected by school staff, who submit gender/size to the Masons for each coat requested.
This year's winter coat distribution across the Cape is made possible by grants from the Cape Cod Five Cents Saving's Bank's charitable foundation, The Federated Church of Orleans (for kids in the Nauset region), a Scottish Rite Masonic group in Boston, The Lodge of St. Andrew and the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts - in addition to funds raised by the individual Masonic Angel Fund chapters here on the Cape.