Freemasons Pay It Forward

More than 40 Summit County Freemasons and caring community members fanned out over Northeast Ohio to deliver in excess of one hundred food baskets and certificates to needy families.  Summit County is a part of the 21st Masonic District, home to Grand Master James F. Easterling Jr. The Masonic Assistance program provides groceries for needy families, including members of the Masonic fraternity and returning military veterans, who are nominated by Veterans Affairs, area churches, the Salvation Army and local social service agencies. Members of Hudson Lodge No. 510 coordinated the assembly of the baskets and were ably assisted by members of Meridian Sun No. 69, Coventry-Akron No. 83, National Lodge No. 568, Wayfarer No. 789, Victory No. 649 as well as members of the Scottish Rite Valley of Akron.  Matt Cowger,  Star Lodge No. 187, donated his truck for the deliveries.  Save A Lot store #634 assisted with purchasing and loading the food, and Newell Rubbermaid donated one hundred plastic totes. “This effort, which began 21 years ago as a Christmas food basket program, has been expanded to a larger year-round help initiative,” said Jeff Burton, event chairman. “It is consistent with the fundamental beliefs of Freemasons, which are brotherly love, relief and truth.”  It is also a living example of Grand Master Easterling’s theme, “Freemasonry, together we can…

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