Lo­cal Ma­sons help with Christ­mas dona­tions

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Some­times, Mother Na­ture can cause all kinds of havoc that when storms strike, no one sees im­me­di­ately.

For in­stance, when it came time to start col­lect­ing Christ­mas presents this year in Bay County, Florida, the lo­cal Ma­sons found them­selves won­der­ing how they were go­ing to help out dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Af­ter all, ev­ery­one around just lost ev­ery­thing a few months ago when Hur­ri­cane Michael rolled through and brought with it record dev­as­ta­tion, in­clud­ing toys that chil­dren were used to play­ing with not to men­tion any­thing bought early be­yond what Santa was plan­ning to bring.

So when lo­cal Ma­sons from Cedar­town’s Cale­do­nia Lodge No. 121 heard that their fel­low broth­ers in Florida needed help, they sprang into ac­tion. With dona­tions gath­ered from Polk County and the sur­round­ing area (in­clud­ing sev­eral bikes pro­vided by Rome Shriners,) lo­cal ma­son Matt Miller was head­ing down to Florida over the week­end with a load of toys and good­will, play­ing the role of Santa and help­ing their lo­cal lodge mem­bers give back dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Miller rolled up to the lodge with a trailer full of toys to de­liver to Florida on Fri­day morn­ing, and be­fore he left he thanked ev­ery­one for their help in mak­ing the do­na­tion pos­si­ble.

He added that “it’s good to know we’ll be help­ing chil­dren re­place the toys they lost in the hur­ri­cane.”

/ Kevin Myrick

Cedar­town-area Ma­sons from the Cale­do­nia Lodge No. 121 F&AM got dona­tions from the Rome Shrine Club and oth­ers to pro­vide Christ­mas presents to give out to fel­low ma­sons in Bay County, Fla., this year fol­low­ing the dev­as­ta­tion caused by Hur­ri­cane Michael on the Florida pan­han­dle.

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