|Volume LVI||February 2009||Number 1|
District D Celebrates Spirit of the Season
To celebrate the holidays with residents of the Masonic Villages, the lodges of District D continued one tradition and resurrected another one this past December.
Sixty-five members of Lodge 9, Philadelphia, arrived at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown by bus, not by sleigh, on Dec. 7 for their 12th biennial holiday party. Santa and his elves did, however, have a hand in assisting the brethren with bringing holiday joy to 28 children of the Masonic Children's Home and five residents of the Bleiler Caring Cottage.
The lodge members provided a buffet lunch in the Brossman Ballroom and then presented gifts. Two bicycles were given out, along with a variety of games, toys, electronics and other items. One of the kids' favorite gifts was the night vision goggles which they could use to spot Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve.
"You people are awesome!" Eddie Drier, of the children's home, said. "We appreciate you coming up here and doing this for us."
The elves were indeed busy and returned to the North Pole by way of Philadelphia, but not before promising a special surprise for 2009 (look for details in a future issue of the "The Pennsylvania Freemason" magazine).
Residents of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill and Warminster enjoyed a sweet visit from the brothers of Frankford Lodge No. 292, Philadelphia, on Dec. 10, 11 and 12. Joined by District Deputy Grand Master of District D, Bro. David Tansey, Jerusalem Lodge No. 506, Philadelphia, members visited each village and handed out a total of 800 lbs.-yes, 800 lbs.-of candy to the residents. They also paid a visit to the Masonic Children's Home and gave the youth $50 gift cards.
Bro. G. Walter Price, P.D.D.G.M., District D, dressed as Santa Claus for many years and shared candy with the residents of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. After his passing several years ago, the idea was retired. Upon hearing of several requests to resurrect the tradition, the lodge's Charity Committee, along with past masters and lodge officers, revamped the idea for this past holiday season.
"We've come back as Santa's elves," Bro. Robert Walsh, of Frankford Lodge No. 292's Charity Committee, said. "It's a gesture of good cheer. With all this chocolate, it's like going to Hersheypark!"
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