It took twenty-five volunteers about 45 minutes to package school supply kits for 1,000 Cape kids on Thursday night. The volunteers - men and women with ages from their 20's to 80's - gathered at Universal Masonic Lodge in Orleans and made short work of the project. This is the fifth year local Masonic Angel Fund chapters have provided school supply kits. The Masons have delivered over 4,000 school supply kits since 2013.
Starting Friday morning, volunteers delivered large boxes of school supplies to schools from Wellfleet to Hyannis. Depending upon the school's request, some buildings receive kits packaged for individual children, while other schools prefer the supplies be delivered in bulk.
This year Beehive School Tools distribution included:
|Brewster/Nauset Youth Alliance||55||55|
|Hyannis West Elementary||150||250|
|M.E. Small Elementary - Yarmouth||75||325|
|Station Avenue Elem - Yarmouth||75||400|
|Nauset Regional Middle School||60||460|
|Ezra Baker School||75||535|
|Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter||55||590|
|Wixon Innovation School||150||797|
|Pilgrim (Monomoy HS)||84||881|
|Monomoy Middle (Chatham)||76||1000|
Beehive School Tools is underwritten by grants from the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, The Federated Church of Orleans, the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts, the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, The Lodge of St. Andrew, Chick-fil-A Cape Cod and many generous individual donors. "Community support for this program has been strong every year. Beehive School Tools provides the some of the basics a child needs to start school. Donors understand the need and support it most generously," reports Masonic Angel Foundation co-founder and president Robert Fellows.
This year the majority of school supplies were purchased through Staples in Orleans. "Eric Whitcomb the store manager in Orleans did yeoman work for us. Eric provided truly incredible prices on the merchandise we needed and handled the logistics heroically. He even brought us a last minute delivery in his personal vehicle. Staples could not have been more generous to our community," declared Mr. Fellows.