As a reminder here are the steps:
1. Think - Sit down and give some thought to a mentor in your life when you were a child. Reflect on someone who made that difference in your life, and whose help eventually led you to the point where you knelt at the Masonic altar. With that person in mind, purchase a new toy and a coat for a child as a donation.
2. Act - Write a brief note to that person, expressing your thanks. Use the Grand Lodge stationery that has been provided to each Worshipful Master. The note can be something as simple as, "Thanks to you and what you meant to me as a child, another child is enjoying a new toy and a new coat this holiday season..."
3. Share - Share the experience and story with your loved ones. This is the step that distinguishes us as Masons. Use your experience as a child to inspire your own loved ones. Children, in particular, can benefit from this storytelling.
4. Collect - Deliver the new (unwrapped) toy and child's coat to the Grand Lodge building, prior to 5 December. Most Lodges are organizing the collection effort within their Lodge and then delivering the donations as a group to the Grand Lodge.
The final "act" of our charity effort is a presentation of the donated items to the selected charities at our Grand Lodge Annual Banquet on Friday, December 7.
The Marine Corps "Toys For Tots" will be there to accept the toys, and "Safe Shores" ( a shelter for women and children in Washington DC) will receive the coats.
Our hope is to line a wall in the banquet hall with a display of coats and toys.
If you cannot drop off your items at the Grand Lodge Office, you CAN bring your toy and coat to the Grand Lodge Banquet on December 7th.
Thank you for your help and support of this project. Especially when consumed with our own Thanksgiving Holiday joy and activities, it is a challenge to devote time to this special effort.
Please share this message with your Lodge brethren and gather the toys and coats at our Grand Lodge. We have a small committee of dedicated Masons who will move the items to the Renaissance Hotel on the afternoon of 7 Dec.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Mike Nicholas, PM