The Masons Do It Again as 1,000 Cape Kids Receive School Supply Kits

Beehive School Tools packages delivered from Wellfleet to Hyannis
Volunteers gather in Orleans to assemble Beehive School Tools school supply kits (CCToday photo)

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:

School Number Total
Brewster/Nauset Youth Alliance 55 55
Orleans Elementary  30 85
Wellfleet Elementary 15 100
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
Chatham Elementary  27 617
Eastham Elementary 30 647
Wixon Innovation School 150 797
Pilgrim (Monomoy HS)  84 881
Latham School 43 924
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. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on