Masonic Angels Deliver School Supplies for Over 4,500 Cape Kids

HYANNIS – The Masonic Angel Foundation (MAF) provided their “Beehive School Tools” school supply kits to over 4,500 Cape Cod children in recent weeks. 

Schools from Wellfleet to Mashpee received deliveries from the MAF’s team of volunteers.

It’s the sixth year that the Masonic Angels have provided school supplies for local kids. 

The program started small in 2013 with only 335 kits and then grew to serve 1,000 by 2017. 

Last year, the Masons started out with 1,000 kits and then received a special donation late in the summer that took them up to 1,800 students. 

This year revenue was able to support kits for 4,500 students. 

“We planned to grow the program to 3,500 kids this year but the requests kept coming in.  Our generous donors made it possible for us to fulfill every single request,” reports MAF co-founder president Robert Fellows.

Local schools are contacted in June to ascertain how many kits they need. 

The items are ordered in July and then the kits are assembled in August. 

This year’s assembly event involved dozens of volunteers working in shifts over a period of two business days. 

Volunteers included members of local Masonic Lodges, family members, teachers, students and a school principal.

Volunteers visit the schools to deliver supply kits in the weeks leading up to the first day of school.

Later this autumn, MAF will purchase a large quantity of backpacks and distribute those to the schools. 

This year, the Masonic Angels also pilot-tested a program to provide high end calculators, often required for certain math classes, for kids whose families cannot afford the necessary device.

The Masonic Angel Foundation’s other programs include Beehive Food Program, Beehive Winter Coats, Laptops for KidZ and the original Masonic Angel Fund program. 

MAF programs have served local children since 1998.

About Justin Saunders

Justin Saunders has nearly 10 years of experience in radio, television, online and newspaper journalism across the US and Canada. Justin joined the NewsCenter in May 2014 and continues to help provide coverage of the Cape and Islands.
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