Massive holiday bouquets to Bill Murphy, public relations chairman for the Akron Scottish Rite, and everyone who was involved in the annual Masonic Assistance Program.
Murphy joyfully reported: “On Dec. 21 and 22, over 40 Freemasons and friends assembled and delivered over 100 food baskets and food certificates to area families in need as part of the charitable work of the Masonic Assistance Program, which is a year-round charitable outreach sponsored by the Freemasons in Summit County and is designed to assist those in need.
“As part of this effort, a special holiday food delivery program provides groceries to families who might otherwise have very little food with which to celebrate the holidays. … Families were nominated by area churches, the Salvation Army, social service agencies and members of the Masonic Fraternity, and include returning military veterans who require assistance. Holiday groceries were purchased and assembled by area Masons and then delivered to families in Summit, Portage, Medina, Cuyahoga, Stark, Wayne and Tuscarawas counties.”
“This effort, which began over 23 years ago as a Christmas food basket program, has been expanded to a larger year-round helpful initiative,” said event chair Jeff Burton. “It is consistent with the foundational beliefs of Freemasons, which are brotherly love, relief and truth.”
This year’s effort got a strong assist from Save A Lot #634, which helped with the purchase and loading of the food, and Newell Rubbermaid, which donated totes to transport the goods.
“In addition to food donations, the 95,000 Freemasons in Ohio provide approximately $15 million in charitable giving annually,” Murphy noted. “This year they gave $94,000 in college scholarships, contributed $200,000 to Ohio Summer Special Olympics, and funded $70,000 in free training for hundreds of Ohio schoolteachers to recognize students at non-academic risk. They also provided $12 million in elderly care and helped many needy families and individuals through their Charitable Foundation.”
For more information, visit www.freemason.com.
Kudos to Salvation Army
Olivia Wakeling — resource development manager, Salvation Army (Summit County Area Services) — shared that the Salvation Army, as the bells continue to ring with need, served more than 2,200 children with food, gifts and cleaning supplies at the Salvation Army Service and Distribution facility, 2205 Romig Road, Akron.
Big thank you to driver
Valerie Wolford, communications coordinator, city of Green, shared this note from a grateful Alwynn Mellen on the city’s Facebook page Christmas Eve:
“A big thank you to Scott Beavers who drives a plow truck for the city. This morning he found my husband’s work notebook, with his iPad inside, in the middle of Graybill Road. My husband had left it on the roof of his car this morning and didn’t even know it was missing! Scott found his number inside, called and returned it to us. What an upstanding fellow!”
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.