FOR PENNSYLVANIA MASONS ONLY
REGISTRY of
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
and
LODGE COMMUNITY SERVICE INITIATIVES
by request of Bro. Robert J. Bateman, R. W. Grand Master
Every Pennsylvania Freemason is to commit to at least one Random Act of Kindness each week and every lodge is to conduct monthly Community Service Initiatives for the next two years. When you do this, you should say, "We are Pennsylvania Freemasons, and we have a mission to help others."

If you do this, Pennsylvania Masons will commit over 12 million random acts of kindness, and our lodges will provide over 10 thousand community services. If you do this, we won't have to worry about membership recruitment or anti-Masonic critics ever again. However, let's not do it just for the purpose of public relations. Let's do it because it is what Masons do!

We want you to report some or all of your Random Acts of Kindness and Community Service Initiatives here, to let your brothers and the whole world know that we, as Freemasons, are serious about this responsibility to serve others.
R. W. Grand Master, Bro. Robert J. Bateman
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I was driving back home from Maryland the other night, when I stopped for gas. While at the pump, I overheard someone ask another patron if they had any spare cash so they could put gas in their car so they could drive back to Harrisburg. The other patron didn't have any cash on them (and neither did I). The stranded driver said to me that his credit card was being decline and only had $3 to put gas in his tank (which he was actively doing when he was talking to me). I told him to pull around behind my car and when I finished putting gas in my car, I moved forward and had him fill up his car.

DSD, Lodge 309, Coatesville, PA - Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I have a rare universal blood type (AB+) which can be used in the treatment of all blood recipients. I had donated blood regularly for decades, but after finding out what I could do for them, I now donate platelets and plasma at the Red Cross about every two months. It's a tube in both arms and takes about two hours, but I know I am helping.

JW, Lodge 512, Haverford/PA - Wednesday, October 01, 2014 at 2:08 PM

My wife and I stopped alongside the road and purchased groceries and baby supplies for a recently homeless and hungry single mother.

CK, Lodge 486, Dillsburg PA - Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Provided free health screenings (including blood pressure, heart rate, dental, mental health, disease counseling, etc.) to underserved citizens in the North Philadelphia community.

BST, Lodge 273, Ardmore, PA - Monday, September 08, 2014 at 1:12 PM

I replaced front and rear pads and rotors on a vehicle on my day off today free of charge for a low income family . There only vehicle was broke down and they needed to get there autistic child to doctor appointments. I also helped supply all the new parts for them, and had there vehicle towed to my residence where it was fixed.

MB, Lodge 729, Mars /PA - Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

I recently donated 100 Colored Pencils and 100 Colored Markers to New Day!

SAE, Lodge 278, Johnstown - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Dear Mr. Montgomery, I would like to take this opportunity to personally express my appreciation and gratitude for assisting Officer Hockman on May 6th, 2014 with a suicidal female. Officer Hockman stated that you responded and assisted him with getting an unconscious female out of a running vehicle that was parked in a garage with the doors closed. Officer Hockman was very thankful and appreciative of your assistance. While most people would choose not to get involved, you heard the call on your radio and responded without hesitation. This response played a big role in possibly saving the victim's life. Your actions during this incident went above and beyond the call of duty. Robert Montgomery is hereby commended for his professionalism and valor. Officer Hockman, The Borough of Montoursville, and myself, again, thank you for your help in this matter. "To Protect and Serve" Jeffrey T. Gyurina Chief of Police

RDM, Lodge 335, Montoursville, PA - Friday, August 08, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Brother James H. Keefer Sr. PM of Victory Lodge # 694, Butler, a very active member, has demonstrated a large Random Act Kindness. Brother Albert Grossman PM, Victory Lodge #694, Army Veteran and 87 years young, has been hospitalized and now is home-bound after falling and injuring his hip. Brother Albert was hospitalized for several months and Brother Keefer made it part of his daily activity to visit Albert to let him know he has not been forgotten. Presently Brother Keefer continues to visit Brother Albert at his home and checks to see that Albert is being taken care of, in addition to providing any extras that may be requested. Further, since the grass started growing, Brother Keefer has mowed and trimmed Albert’s very large property and adjoining lots. This was accomplished after more than a few days spent putting Albert’s tractor back in operating condition. The members and Officers all wish Albert Grossman PM a speedy recovery and look forward to his valued input to Victory Lodge # 694.

JLK, Lodge 694, Butler, Pa. - Friday, July 11, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Paid for a Marine's lunch who was struggling to get enough out of his wallet to cover his tab. Semper Fi.

SDT, Lodge 408, Meadville Pa - Monday, June 23, 2014 at 3:52 PM

On Sunday June 15th I was picking my wife up from work (nurse at a hosp in Jersey) and an elderly woman pulled up in her car looking for a valet to park her car. There were none available so I had her sit on a bench in front of the hospital while I parked her car and returned with her keys and helped her into the hospital. It turns out her sister was dying in ICU and she was very shaken.

BP, Lodge 295, Philadelphia, PA - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 8:26 AM

This is to give kudos to my two sons with their help they gave me. Back in November there were two tragic natural disasters that happened in the Philippines, first the earthquake, and shortly after, the typhoon. My wife's hometown was damaged greatly, as well as the oldest church in the PI crumbled to the ground. Many people had lost their lives, and we were informed from friends that still reside there, they lost many people they knew from this disaster. Me and my family knew we had to do something to help. Me and the boys informed the school to ask the parents to bring a food item, clothing, blankets, and whatever they can give to help. We also went to several friends and neighbors asking for their help. One day, we decided to go to a local store and they had several aqua sandals for sale; and my boys agreed they would do without their allowance so we can purchase the sandals. We purchased about 60 pairs and then contacted one of the teachers at the school, to have the children write a letter of hope for the survivors of this disaster. These letters where placed into the shoes along with $2.00, so whoever received these shoes will see that they are not forgotten. During this project, my father who is located in CA, had a massive heart attack and had several rounds of CPR performed, and was expected to not to survive. He was admitted into the ICU on full life support, and this was definitely a trying time in our household. As tired and fatigued as I was, my boys were always there, "Dad, do your best," "Dad, never quit." As a father and an active Den Leader I had to uphold to the same principles me and the other leaders are teaching the boys. My father was able to pull through after several weeks of medical care by the grace of God, and the constant encouragement from my boys. We thank God that we were blessed to make several car loads of deliveries to the drop off point for shipment of all the goods we gathered. Is this a random act of kindness? I feel this is not random, but the instilled values we have worked toward to make our boys good men. With the combined effort of our faith, scouting, and tenets of Freemasonry, there are no random acts of kindness, just better boys becoming better men.

PBL, Lodge 436, Philadelphia, PA - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Recently while shopping at the local grocery store, I noticed a gentleman who was trying to do the right thing and applying for a job. I got to talking with him, and discovered he had very little money and placed his child before himself to provide food and shelter. The man was very hungry. I told him that I was walking over for lunch, and insisted that he join me. His pride kept him from asking for lunch, so instead I just filled up a plate along with a large cup of coffee. I paid for it, and placed it on the table. I have never seen anyone so grateful. He kept saying that he wish he had brought his son, that he would have really enjoyed the meal and he felt guilty. So after we ate, I handed him 100 dollars and we walked through the store as he bought groceries for his child. He repeatedly said he would pay me back, and I simply said raise your child correctly and you owe me nothing. He was stunned.

JP, Lodge 243, New Castle/PA - Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 10:51 PM

As a "Big Brother" and member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Laurel Region program (Southwestern PA) (BBBSLR) my wife and I raised over $800 this year for the annual "Bowl for Kids Sake" charity fundraiser that was held a few weeks ago for the BBBSLR program. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is a wonderful organization and one that I am extremely proud to be a part of. In regards to random acts of kindness, while at a Subway restaurant in South Carolina a few weeks back I paid for a meal for a lady that was in front of me. She was modestly dressed and requested that her sandwich be cut into 4 sections. I have no idea why she requested the sandwich be cut in 4 but the first thing that came to my mind was that this was the meal for her family of 4. With that thought, whether right or wrong, I immediately told the cashier that I would pay for her meal. The lady was extremely grateful and thank'd me. I told her she was most welcome and asked that one day if and when she could to please pay it forward for someone else.

A member of Lodge 651, Hopwood, PA - Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 3:17 PM

I gave blood at a Miller Keystone Blood Drive on 3/27/14

DAR, Lodge 549, Reading/PA - Friday, April 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Friendship-Williams Lodge#400, located in Jenkintown,PA has donated $200.00 to the SAM project. SAM stand for Stand Alone Marines. My grandson has joined the Marines and is currently in boot camp at Pariss Island, South Carolina. The SAM project is an origanization that provides new Marines a pack of goodies at graduation before deployment, as a way to thank them for their sacrifice and congradulate them on their accomplishment. The SAM origanization decided to buy throw away camara's so the new Marines could take pictures of their fellow graduating Marines creating memories forever. Also my granddaughter who is 8 years old and in the trird grade at Rydal Elementry School in Abington township, has origanized her classmates to send cards and letters of appriecation and thanks to these recruits.

JF, Lodge 400, PHILADELPHIA/PA - Wednesday, April 09, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Working 2PM to 1030PM I have time to gather up the garbage cans, so Tuesday I do just that, getting them from the road and yards for the people on both sides of me while they are working. One said they like having a good Mason living beside them...

ALS, Lodge 313, Etters PA - Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Brother D.O., PM of Lehighton Lodge, while driving along 3rd Street in Lehighton, saw a child fall crossing the street becoming injured. D. stopped to assist the child. Another parent witnessed this act of kindness and filed a report on Facebook saying "I saw this morning that there are still good people in this world, some of them living right here in Lehighton". I printed a copy of this post and will announce it at our next lodge meeting. Great job Brother D.!

DAD, Lodge 621, Lehighton, PA - Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM

A recent new hire at my place of employment has to travel two hours one way to work. On his second week of travel he lost the rear brakes on his vehicle, on his way to work. I helped him evualuated the situation after working hours and informed him that he would have to do a complete brake job from wheel cylinders to new brakes shoes and drums. He of course did not want to hear about the expense of all the items he needed. I informed him that I had a very good connection with the local parts store and they would wait for a payment, but give him the parts in advance. As a Marine who spent several tours over seas recently and being unemployeed for several months before hired only as a part time employee, I knew this was a burden for him at this time. So with careful thought I set out to take care of a portion of his bill, as I checked my balance to see what I would be able to aid with, to my surprise my tax refund had been deposited two weeks earlier than anticipated. So in I went thanked the fine gentlemen at the parts store for assisting my new co-worker with a nice break on the price for the items he needed and helping out a veteran. I asked what was the total amount for his bill. After paying in full, ask only that when he asked who paid, to only say that a brother took care of him. As a fireman I had two reasons to use the term Brother. One as a co-worker, and the other as a Mason. I felt very good inside when he asked if I was the one who took care of his bill, because I just smiled and said I have no idea what your talking about. I simply said, just sounds to me that someone did a good deed.

JCM, Lodge 164, Washington/ Pa - Saturday, March 01, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Last Friday, me and a friend went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse on Street Rd. In the parking lot, I noticed a car with it's lights still on. As I walked from my car, I deliberately took note of the make and model of the car as well as the license plate number. Inside, I told the hostess the car had it's lights on and gave her the necessary information so that she could inform the owner about it.

FCS, Lodge 292, Philadelphia, PA - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 6:16 PM

June 21st 2013, my wife went down in sudden cardiac arrest. She had been a CPR instructor and taught myself & our son CPR. I began CPR until EMS personnel arrived, she received 59 minutes of CPR and a total of 9 shocks. She came home 7 days later after receiving a stent due to a 100% blockage known as the widow maker.

PBJ, Lodge 278, Johnstown / Pa. - Monday, February 03, 2014 at 9:04 AM

On December 28th, 2013 when leaving the hotel after the Grand Master Installation, my wife and I were going to our car to prepare to leave Philadelphia. We were surprised to find a dead battery in our car. I tried to get help from people walking by, but no luck. Then a gentleman and fellow District Deputy passed by. He saw our problem and after a short conversation he said "wait here, I will be right back." He came back, pushed my car out of the parking place, opened the hood, hooked up the jumper cables, and after a couple of tries it started. He cleaned everything up and started to leave, all he would accept was a hand shake and a thank you. There are good people in this world and I found one. Thanks again L., may God Bless You till you're better paid.

EVS, Lodge 617, Vandergrift, Pennsylvania - Tuesday, January 07, 2014 at 11:04 AM

A disabled person has moved into the area. I have taken it upon myself to transport this person to the drugstore for medications and for groceries. This person has no form of transportation to do these acts by themselves.

w r, Lodge 621, lehighton, pa - Sunday, January 05, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Stopped to assist a stranded motorist Saturday night. His phone had died during the call to AAA, so I lent him mine. My wife and I waited with him until the tow truck arrived about :30 later. He was appreciative.

CBS, Lodge 308, Lafayette Hill, PA - Monday, December 30, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Our minister requested that I be Santa again this year, during the family Eve service. During the candlelit singing of Silent Night, I appear, walk up the isle to kneel for a moment at the manger, then leave without saying a word. The kids are always amazed and I had one follow me right out of the sanctuary. Even the adults don't know who it is.

CBS, Lodge 308, Lafayette Hill - Friday, December 27, 2013 at 3:35 PM

I snowblow the sidewalk for the entire block and then do each of the driveways that haven't been done yet. I play Santa for patients at the hospital where I work and organized a Salvation Army stocking stuffing too, where we provided toys for about a dozen kids. Often stop to assist stranded motorists. Recently was secret Santa for a deserving family, dropping off a large change-filled mason jar with over $300, with money from co-workers. I love this time of year!!

CBS, Lodge 308, Lafayette Hill - Friday, December 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM

I always print extra Bob Evans coupons when they have buy one get one free breakfast and give them to elderly couples.

JM, Lodge 327, Ocala FL. - Friday, November 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

I gave blood at Miller Keystone blood drive

cb, Lodge 673, Allentown pa - Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM

While in EPCOT at Walt Disney World I found a credit card and NY drivers license on the pathway to France. I returned it to a security guard with the hopes it would be returned to it's owner. On same trip, while waiting on line, an elderly couple was having trouble with room key/meal plan. I stepped up to help them through the process. He couldn't thank me enough. I found out he was a Mason from England, and we had lunch together and chatted about different lodge rituals.

tww, Lodge 152, easton, pa - Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 4:02 PM

I heard of an elderly couple with a water line leak under their trailer and no money for a plumber so on June 29, 2013 I crawled under their trailer and fixed the leak for them. They were extremely grateful for my effort.

FPF, Lodge 75, Lyndell, PA - Monday, September 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

On August 8th I took the mascot from my frozen yogurt shop to the Pittsburgh Children's Hospital to visit a ward of kids in post-op. While there, we distributed stuffed animals to all of them, and tried our best to put a smile on everyone's face! It is an experience we will never forget!

GMS, Lodge 278, Johnstown / Pa. - Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 4:22 PM

At our church, the minister asked me if I would take on the job of building a handicap ramp for a woman with MS. My brother mason and I did the project, a first for both of us and it was very successful. The woman was just so happy to be able to get out of the house and enjoy the nice weather.We are open for other projects.

DEA, Lodge 70, Sayre, PA. - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:57 PM

I was on my way into work on Saturday morning and had stopped at the Wawa just outside of the north end of Quakertown. As I fueled my car I noticed a pick up sitting with the driver not moving for some time. I proceeded into the store and purchased coffee and returned to my car; after being in the store for almost 4 minutes noticed the truck was still there. I asked the driver if he was ok. He told me his truck would not start. I started to look at the engine and saw multiple issues and began to assist in the repair of the vehicle. After making a few repairs to the wiring, I was able to get the driver on his way to his work and refused compensation he had offered to me. I told him "I am just helping a friend in need". He enquired about the emblem on the rear of my car and I told him, "Yes. I am a Mason, just helping friends. he again offered to buy me a cup of coffee and breakfast for the help. I thanked him again and told him that is all the thanks I need. This was the start of a good day.

RS, Lodge 512, Quakertown, Pa - Friday, June 14, 2013 at 10:48 PM

On sat June 1st my family and I went to the movies in Washington pa, when leaving after the movie we found a bank card in the parking lot. I picked it up and took it to the local police station so that I may be returned to the owner.

LF, Lodge 297, Avella, pa - Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

My wife and I dine out several times a month, and on occasion, we will ask the waitress to give us a random bill from some unsuspecting guest in the restaurant and pay the tab on their behalf, anonymously.

DCS, Lodge 544, Carnegie - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Several years ago, I began repairing computers for deployed, or those on deployment orders to Iraq or Afghanistan with no labor charges, and "at cost" for parts. Since being raised, I've extended that courtesy to senior citizens who seem to have economic hardships. When they ask way, or otherwise express their shock, I simply state, "It's what Masons do."

WRMc, Lodge 694, Butler - Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 3:57 PM

While eating at very busy restaurant, a elderly couple came in looking for a place to sit. There were no empty tables, so my wife and I invited them to join us at our table. Which they did. They were stunned and appreciative that we had asked. The woman stated "No one had ever done that for them before." As it turned out, we all thoroughly enjoyed the food, company and conversation.

PT, Lodge 262, Hustontown - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:02 PM

About a month ago I donated a large quantity of children's toys and clothes that I had purchased for my children, but which they have since grown out of, to a shelter for abused women and children. The shelter didn't have many toys for the kids; people mostly donated clothes. My sister works at this facility and called me the next day to inform me that a 2 year old boy was overjoyed with finally having toys to play with. I felt great knowing that I could bring happiness to a child with so little to be happy about.

CDM, Lodge 244, Kittanning, PA - Friday, March 08, 2013 at 10:43 AM

I was notified by my wife that a friend had called her to ask for our left overs from dinner. My wife told me that they were doing really bad, and had no money to buy any food, and were drinking water to keep there stomachs from hurting. So, me and my wife went out food shopping for them and dropped it off at there house.

CNH, Lodge 813, Macungie Pa - Monday, March 04, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Stopped to assist a stranded motorist with her two children. While unable to fix the engine problem, I ensured their safety (on the sidewalk rather than waiting in the car in the darkening street) until her friend arrived. She appreciated the assistance.

CBS, Lodge 308, Conshohocken, PA - Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 3:56 PM

I volunteered to present a 50 year service pin, as a group, to a lodge member who has given significant Masonic service for many years. He also had just turned 100 recently and is currently getting therapy at a local retirement facility from a recent fall injury. We all surprised him with our visit. He was so happy, tearful, and grateful that we stopped by to see him!

OA, Lodge 392, Erie PA - Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

On January 22, members of Union Lodge served a Community Table dinner in conjunction with the Birdsboro Food Pantry serving needy people in the Birdsboro area. Approximately 100 people were served at this event.

RW, Lodge 479, Birdsboro/PA - Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 5:13 AM

While studying in Manchester, a classmate of mine was unable to go to the phone store located several miles into town due to course examination. She needed to purchase a calling card to call her family back home in another country. I went into town and purchased the card and delivered it to her. Now she can call home.

B.H, Lodge #62, Manchester, England - Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 8:15 AM

On December 23rd of this past year my wife, who is in Eastern Star, found out through her work that there was a mother and four children between 4 and 9 yrs. old that found themselves in a shelter due to severe domestic violence. When the mother applied to Toys for Tots and 2 other organizations for Xmas presents for her children, she was informed that she could not receive and toys unless she was willing to have the entire family photographed and potentially used for advertisement. Knowing that they were trying to remain hidden from her ex-husband, there was no way she could agree to that and maintain the protection of herself and her children. My wife and I and another couple in my neighborhood went out and purchased presents for her and her four children. We also had found out that she would be shortly moving into assisted living and had absolutely no household supplies. I contacted our newly installed WM and it was agreed that this was a perfect way for our lodge to support the community. With the lodge's help we also purchased some home essentials for them to get started with, and when a third couple in my neighborhood found out about what was going on they invited the family to have Xmas dinner with them instead of having their Xmas in the shelter. What started out as a simple act of kindness blossomed into a very nice larger act of kindness, and when the mother asked why we would want to help them out since we did not even know them, I simply stated "That's what us Masons & Ladies from Eastern Star do."

PC, Lodge 806, Warminster - Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

417 helped an Elderly lady by cleaning the leaves around her Mobile Home.

WB, Lodge 417, Coatesville, Pa. - Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Spent two weekends in Highlands/Sandyhook doing tear outs in flooded homes.

rjf, Lodge 298, Media,PA - Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 2:22 PM

On 12/15 we conducted a Pancake Breakfast. During the Breakfast one of our newer Master Mason's sisters donated a sum to buy a tray of pancakes to donate to the homeless in the Harrisburg area. After completing the breakfast and her initial donation, the Lodge donated an additional 3 full trays, plus a tray of sausage to ensure a meal was provided to the homeless in Harrisburg.

AMR, Lodge 775, Harrisburg, Pa - Friday, December 28, 2012 at 8:18 AM

About two months ago, shortly after starting my new job at a rural campus, a student's house caught fire. She, her husband, and their daughter lost most of their possessions. When I heard of this, she still smelled of smoke and was not sure how she would be able to continue her classes or even where her supper was coming from that night. I was very saddened but was not sure how to help. I was called away to deal with other duties, but as I thought of how I had been the recipient of random acts of kindness from others, I realized I should follow the example set by those who had helped me. I pulled all of the cash out of my wallet, which amounted to $89 dollars, went back to the room where the student was working on her assignments, and gave her the money. She thanked me repeatedly and was very surprised by the gesture. I haven't said a word of this to anyone at my employment - no one here knows that I a Mason and I am not sure if they would understand my motives, and I did not wish to draw attention to myself. I only share it now to help people understand what Freemasons are.

HAR, Lodge 521, Parker City, PA - Sunday, December 02, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Back on Memorial Day of this year, I lost my job and was forced to move back from Erie to Corry, my home town. I was in trouble because I had no income and needed to move by the end of June. I had no means to move my furniture and didn't know what to do. My friend works for a trucking firm in Erie and said he had a favor from his boss and was willing to let me and my wife use it. He not only got us the truck but also helped us load and transport it to Corry, after he already worked his full day. My wife and I would've been lost if not for his help. Also, [J. R.] of my home lodge, came up to help us move along with a neighbor and my dad.

TH, Lodge 365, Corry - Saturday, December 01, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Donated some food, clothing and cleaning supplies to our town's initiative to help Sea Bright, NJ with disaster relief after Hurricane Sandy. Helped pack boxes and sort items in preparation for shipping. It was an overwhelmingly good feeling to be a part of such a volunteer effort.

DAW, Lodge 242, Summit Hill, pA - Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I and my lodge and my entire district are collecting clothes, blankets,toiletries,and cleaning supplies for the storm victims in Staten Island Ny

DPD, Lodge 218, Honesdale,PA - Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 8:26 AM

As I grew up in Staten Island New York. I was heartbroken to see my hometown essentially destroyed. I approached the brothers of my lodge and the DDGM for our district and am now trying to get clothing and other essentials together to help out our NYC brothers and anyone else we can find.

DPD, Lodge 218, Honesdale, PA - Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 7:39 PM

On Saturday I was on my usual neighborhood walk when I saw a homeowner struggling to unload a pickup truck load of drywall by himself. It was hot and he looked tired. When I crossed the street to ask him if I could help, he looked surprised and he said "Really ?" I said of course, I'd be glad to help. He was still amazed that someone offered him a hand - found out he was building a room for his baby on the way. After about 25 minutes or so we had the truck unloaded. I'm unsure who felt better - him for getting the help or me for helping him !

JLW, Lodge 43, Lancaster, PA - Wednesday, October 03, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Volunteered in the 2011 River Sweep to collect tires, other garbage, and debris in the Ohio River Watershed.

OA, Lodge 392, Waterford / PA - Friday, September 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Our lodge gave a barbecue for the 40 residents of De Paul house in Philadelpia. These men were formerly homeless and de Paul hepls them get back into the community.

, Lodge 126, Elkins Park PA - Friday, August 03, 2012 at 3:08 PM

I have been picking up the trash along our road (about one mile in length) for over 30 years. I don't think anyone knows this. Several times a year young mothers I see on the road tell me how nice it is to be able to walk where there is no accumulation of trash along the road. Just think of the positive impact if every mason cleaned just 200 feet of road each spring and fall.

DGM, Lodge 682, Elizabethtown, PA - Monday, July 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Having visited the prisoners at the Jewish Congregation at Graterford for over 25 years, I have learned that one of the offenders is being released at the end of the summer. I am searching for a place for him to live and our lodge brothers will be looking for clothes, furniture, dishes linens etc., to get him started.

PM WM, Lodge 126, Elkins Park PA - Friday, June 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Over the weekend my ex-mother-in-law became very sick.My ex-wife asked me to run her down to south philly to see her mother and maybe run her to Lankenau Hospital. That's what I ended up doing for them on Friday Night. Then Again on Saturday. That was 4 trips bach and forth. Her mother has a blockage in her stomach and is very very sick.I was very happy to help them out!

GLS, Lodge 271, Philadelphia,Pa. - Monday, June 04, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Every Friday for the last five and one half years my wife and I have been volunteering at the New Jersey Masonic Home in Burlington, NJ about 10 miles from our home. We first deliver water pitchers to approximately 75 rooms in the Medical section and then sort and delivery laundry throughout the entire medical section spening 5 to 6 hours each week. Gives us a great feeling and we meet a lot of interesting and thankful people.

tjp, Lodge 230, Delran, NJ 08075 - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Brownsville Lodge # 60 continues to participate in the Grand Lodge Random Act of Kindness/Community Service Initiative Program. On March 20 of this year # 60 sponsored its 4th community blood drive program. It was again chaired by Brother's S.C.,E.B. and D.F. At this event a total of over 150 blood products were donated. 13 Masonic brothers joined the Grand Lodge blood bank club. As this was the 4th blood program the Lodge has sponsored, we have now donated 1050 blood products through the Central Blood Bank Program. Nearly 40 masonic brothers have become members of the Grand Lodge Blood Bank Program by donating blood at # 60. The March 20, initiative again highlighted 4 young patients in the Fayette County area that have used blood. This helped to place a local face on the patient's in hospitals needing blood which motivated many of our Masonic Brothers who have never given blood or haven't given blood in a long time. By involving the community, # 60 fosters a wonderful spirit of giving and showed that Masons care. Brownsville #60 will again sponsor an event on June 19,2012, at the Lodge Temple from 1 to 7 PM. PEB,PM

peb, Lodge 60, brownsville,pa - Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Richard K. Wanner, Secretary Emeritus and 60 year member of St. James Lodge #457 was recently awarded The 2012 Lutheran Service Society of Western Pennsylvania Volunteer of the year Award. Dick also was awarded the 2012 Meals on Wheels Volunteer of the year award. The nomination categories were "Volunteer of the Year", "Most versatile Volunteer" and "Most Congenial". His many hours of volunteerism and dedication to helping others did not go unnoticed as Dick was selected winner out of five different Lutheran Service Society Programs.

RW, Lodge 457, Beaver, PA - Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 8:35 AM

I helped my senior neighbor get her lawnmower running. She was ready to cut her grass and could not get it started.

TR, Lodge 506, Bensalem, PA - Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM

My wife and I were eating breakfast at Kings one morning.While I was waiting in line An elderly man was telling the cashier he had forgot his wallet and only had 2 dollars on him.I told the man I would take care of his bill and not to worry about it.The cashier thanked me and told me not many people would do that .I told her I was a Mason and thats what we do.

TDS, Lodge 540, Slippery Rock ,PA - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 6:36 AM

Maybe this is not so random, but I'm glad she thought of me when she needed help... At 4:30 AM today (3/13/12), my elderly neighbor called and asked if my dogs were all in the house (they were). There was a stray dog at her home that just bit her on the hand. The dog had a collar but no tags. My wife and I both put on heavy coats and heavy welders gloves. We went to help the neighbor as she is an 82 yr old widow. We were able to catch the dog and get a lead on the collar. We took the neighbor to the hospital, where she recieved 8 stitches on her thumb. Later, we turned the dog over to Animal Control, who will evaluate the dog for 10 days, to ensure that it does not have rabies. I am only happy to help.

PWW, Lodge 621, Lehighton, PA - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Lodge 801 donated a total of $800.00 to Bethel # 16

hn, Lodge 801, chambersburg - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 8:07 AM

BROWNSVILE LODGE # 60, RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS Through out the 2011 year the brother’s of Brownsville have followed the lead of Grand Lodge and participated in 3 examples of “giving back to our community” by participating in the random acts of kindness program. The first program of note is the blood drives sponsored by the Lodge... In conjunction with the... Central Blood Bank, we hosted 3 events and collected over 270 units of blood. The blood drive was held in the names of 3 young individuals in an effort to replenish the community blood supply from which the youngsters’ have been using. We are planning another event on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, along with additional events in June and November, at our lodge hall. Masonic brothers that donate blood at these events can also become members of the Grand Lodge’s Masonic Blood Donor Club and receive unlimited blood usage. The Lodge also supported ...the 8th annual oldies dance for the benefit of the Pittsburgh Autism Society... The members of the Lodge made a donation to this excellent community fund raising project. .... The date for the annual event has been set for Saturday, April 21, 2012 and will again be held at the West Brownsville Fire Hall. Lodge #60 will again donate to this event both financially as well as direct volunteer support.

PEB, Lodge 60, brownsville, pa. - Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I volunteer one day per month to provide medical services free to the public via A Mission of Mercy(www.amissionofmercy.org)

TCL, Lodge 681, Camp Hill, PA - Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The nephew of a fellow church member was having issues with his out-of-service motorcycle. The member asked if I'd be willing to help and I offered my services. In short order we scheduled a time to meet at his appartment downtown. A few days later, I assisted him in installing a new clutch cable, for which he was very appreciative. The next time I was at church, the woman explained how much the boy appreciated it and how his mother was stunned that someone he didn't know would help him, I merely stated "That's what Mason's do."

CBS, Lodge 308, Conshohocken, PA - Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 10:30 AM

After attending a going-away party for a colleague, I left with two small containers of food. On my center city walk back to the parking garage, I passed a homeless man with a kitten. A few steps later, I turned around and offered him my food, which he greatfully accepted.

CBS, Lodge 308, Conshohocken, PA - Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Stopped to assist a stranded motorist while commuting home by motorcycle. Once we got her safely off the center strip of the road and AAA confirmed they were on their way, I headed home with the thanks of the young driver.

CBS, Lodge 308, Conshohocken, PA - Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Grand Master Smith, Sir I wanted to share an act of kindness on behalf of Brother and Past Master, [E. B.] of Brownsville Lodge #60. Last year a dear friend of our family was diagnosed with leukemia. [K. B.], a 14 year old girl, attends Brownsville High School with my son, a dear friend of hers. [He] came home one day from school and told his mother, who brought this to my attention. I tried to get in touch with [K. B.'s] father, via the Internet. I didn't want to seem intrusive. My goal was to try and talk to [K. B.'s] father to obtain permission to help [her] in any way I could. I never was able to get ahold of [Mr. B.], however, I did contact Brother [B.], and we discussed this young lady and her situation. Brother [B.] has family who has had issue with this grave disease and I thought if anyone could help, Brother [B.] would know what to do. I left it go at that but, Brother [B.] did not. Although I do not know everything Brother [B.] did, I received a flier in the mail with an invitation to give blood at Brownsville lodge #60. To my surprise Miss [K. B.'s] picture along with a few other children was on the flier. Grand Master Smith, brother Bradmons act of kindness helped Miss Bulla receive the attention she needed to help beat back the cancer she had and put it into remission. For Brother [B.'s] acts of kindness for these kids I would appreciate it if you sir, would commend Brownsville #60 and Brother [B.] for their kindness and devotion to the craft. Sincerely, BBW, Lodge 0060, Brownsville - Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Community cleanliness is everyone's responsibility, so to bring it to the townspeople's attention, I dressed up as Superman and walked along Main Street with garbage bags and cleaned up the streets. I hope this inspires others to pitch in and be more aware of litter.

DB, Lodge 346, McSherrystown, PA - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

The other day I drove two friends to their respective work places. I had stopped over for coffee and learned that they were both still looking for rides. I saved them the trouble of catching a bus and just stuck around until it was time for both of them to get to work. I know it's not the greatest act of kindness anyone has ever done, but if we can help each other with little things like this the world WILL be a better place for all of us. ~C

CH, Lodge 464, Harrisburg/PA - Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM

During the recent floods in September several neighbors had their cellars filled with water. I took my spare sump pump and removed the water for them.

dl, Lodge 328, Hallstead, Pa - Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 6:44 PM

A misaddressed package was delivered to the lodge hall. We found the correct address online and tried to get FedEx to pick up and redeliver. The call center was unable to help because they delivered the package to the address on the label (they hadn't but they were close). The owner of the package was a few blocks down the street, so a brother delivered it this morning on his way to work. She was very appreciative as the package contained a relatively expensive item. It was a very small thing, but the little things generate positive word of mouth as well as the large ones.

M, Lodge 273, Ardmore, PA - Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 10:45 AM

While shopping recently, a member of our Lodge overheard a woman asking the store manager for possible donations for the Youth Civil Air Patrol Banquet. Our member asked if he could help and she asked "why would you want to help?". He replied, "I am a Mason and this is what we do". He sent her 2 - $50 gift cards and we are now trying to develop a working relationship with the organization and see what else we can do for the future Air Force Cadets.

WLH, Lodge 479, Birdsboro, PA - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 6:11 PM

During the aftermath of the Great October Snowstorm of 2011, many residents in our area were without power for an extended period of time. Our Lodge officers decided to serve a Free Breakfast for those still without electric service. Fifteen Brethren volunteered to help without hesitation. Although we expected more people to take advantage of our offer, we were pleased to serve approximately 70 people and each was very grateful. So grateful in fact, that we received $140 in donations pledged for our county Food Bank. It goes to show that one kind deed will be answered by another and that "we the people" can be the solution to our woes and it is not always "government" which needs to come to the rescue.

WLH, Lodge 479, Birdsboro, PA - Tuesday, November 08, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Some time ago in late August, my Wife and I were out grocery shopping in Lehighton, PA on a stormy evening. We had stopped for gas when the strangest storm I had ever seen in my life blew up and torrential rains began falling instantly. Just as the storm began an elderly couple was making the turn into the gas station and due to the sudden loss of visibility, struck the curb, blowing out their right front tire. They pulled into the pump next to us and proceeded to fill up with gas while assessing the damage to the tire. I noticed a fresh dressing on the man's face. I paid for our gas purchase and went back to the couple and told them to wait just a moment that I would be right back. I moved our car out of the fueling island so others could fuel their cars and returned. As I changed their tire for them the man's wife explained to me how they had just left the hospital where her husband had just been released after same day surgery to remove a cancerous lesion from his face. He was still a little weak and groggy from the procedure and would not have been able to do the job. After I finished with the tire they wanted to pay me. When I politely refused the wife told me they did not have AAA and that had it not been for my "random act of kindness", her words, they would have had to pay someone else substantially more. I again declined the money telling them I am a Mason and that's what we do. As we parted ways, the man shook my hand in a Brotherly manner and wished me all the best in my travels. I never got his name, but I understood his message with perfect clarity.

KLM, Lodge 467, Albrightsville, PA - Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Today I took my X-Wife and her mother food shopping in South Philly.While I was waiting for them a [man] came up to me and asked me if I could give him $1.75 to get him home to Delaware.I said know problem and gave him $2.00,He said thank you very much.

G.L.S., Lodge 271, Philadelphia - Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Either I must be crazy or getting soft hearted in my age, at least I got a smile. The homeless man that lives in the park walked by my house and I noticed how tattered his pants were. He was so happy when I gave him the bag of jeans with an old belt I was going to give away. When I saw the the smile he gave me along with the thanks, it really hit me in the heart. It is so true that we take so much for granted and sometimes a little thing can mean the world for someone else.

PBL, Lodge 436, Philadelphia, PA - Thursday, October 06, 2011 at 3:39 PM

A few weeks back prior to Hurricane Irene we had a thunderstorm on a Friday afternoon. I had a friend over for a few afternoon drinks and we sat on my front patio. While we were sitting there a thunderstorm came over us and the lightning started to strike around us. We decided, for safety reasons, to go inside. About 5 minutes later the lightning struck the transformer on the pole and the electric line came down. As we stood under the covering on my porch we noticed a family running down the street. With nowhere else to go I hollered to them to take cover in my house. When the lightning struck, the power-line fell on top of their minivan, and being frightened and not knowing what to do they got out of the minivan and ran. My wife and I made made them feel at home as we called emergency services. Unfortunately my neighbor's car caught on fire due to the power line being a live wire and we cautioned everyone that was now at the scene to come into our house for their safety. After everything was settled down and the power-line removed off of the minivan, the father asked how he could repay us. I told him we do not want anything and to repay the favor to someone else when in need. I do not feel this is a random act of kindness, just being human and doing what we are taught in the lessons of Freemasonry.

PBL, Lodge 436, Philadelphia, PA - Sunday, October 02, 2011 at 9:27 PM

I gave food and money to a poor person on the street.

JCD, Lodge 230, Clifton Heights, PA - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Brother Raymond S. Pollock passed into the hands of his Lord 9.17.11. In March of 1983, Ray was stuck in Charlottesville, Pa. in a snow storm at the Holiday Inn. When cooks could not make it to the hotel because of the weather, he took command of the kitchen (after many years of Boy Scout/Church cooking experience), making coffee, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon for the hotel guests. He was truly an amazing man who influenced many lives, including mine (his son-in-law).

JVP, Lodge 322, West Chester, PA - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 7:41 PM

for the past 20 years I have been making doll cradles for the needy little girls in my area. This past year my second Lodge Seminary Hill Daylight Lodge #220 has gotten behind me and donated Money and materials for this project. Let me explain my 2nd Lodge is the newest in the satate of Maine we recieved our Charter in May of 2011.We meet 2 times per month.We have our Ladies join us for lunch at 11;30 and we have our meetin at 1:00 and the ladies do charity work this Lodge should be reconized for the Work that they do outside the Lodge Room

rle, Lodge 66/220, corinth me 04427 - Friday, September 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM

A few days ago, I had a $300.00 military back pack listed on EBAY, since I wasn't going to use it. A soldier in Afghanistan emailed me with his interest in the pack, stating that he couldn't afford the full price and asked if I could cut him a deal. I said; "I can do better than that. I can send it to you for free." I made his day and it felt great to help out this one soldier sacrificing his normal life for myself and this Country.

JEC, Lodge 669, Oakdale, PA - Thursday, September 01, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I am a licensed amateur (ham) radio operator (there are others as well in our Masonic districts here in the Pittsburgh area). One of the purposes of the amateur radio service (per the FCC rules) is to provide emergency communication services in times of need. We do this at no cost to the community using our own radio equipment. I am a trained storm spotter under the Skywarn program with the National Weather Service. I was running a Skywarn net (structured on the air meeting of hams for a particular purpose) for the Allegheny County area, taking severe weather reports from other hams for the Pittsburgh National Weather Service office. One of our operators in the field came across a car in a flooded roadway near the former Holiday Inn on Brinton Road in the Forest Hills section of Pittsburgh. He radioed his report into me, at which time I called the 911 dispatcher. Unfortunately, due to the high call volume due to the storms we had that particular evening, I was unable to get a hold of them. The operator radioed back to me that the police just got on the scene and were able to locate the driver of the vehicle, who was safe and sound. On a larger scale, hams provided emergency communications for the deadly tornado outbreak that occured this past April (2011) in the southern states. They were able to communicate with the outside world after said tornadoes ripped apart the general communication infrastructure, and stayed on until the normal communications grid was restored. I have a program on this very subject if any lodges in the Pittsburgh area have an interest in me speaking on this very subject. By the way, there is a Masonic sub-fraternity called "Hirams Hams" for amateur radio operators like myself. However, it is my understanding that this sub-fraternity is currently inactive.

RJM, Lodge 743, Carnegie, PA - Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Neighbor had his only means of transportation, a bike, stolen in daylight on Sunday, 23 July. He asked to keep an eye out for it, and, when a teenager rode by on it, he gave chase. I assisted in following in my vehicle, as he was losing ground on foot, and we were able to identify the house where the boys (three of them) took refuge. Further discovery by the police, after the boys ran from them and were apprehended later, was that five bikes from different parts of the town had been stolen. These were now recovered and returned to their owners. A little teamwork, and more willingness to not ignore the wrongs perpetrated on others provides a better community for everyone.

CJR, Lodge 413, Bath, PA - Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 5:12 PM

My family and I have were fortunate enough to be able to enjoy a wonderful vacation on the island of St. Croix in the USVI last week. While there, driving through the main town to restaurants a few nights, we noticed a homeless man sitting in front of a closed down movie theater. The first night we didn't think much other than "that's a shame". The third night, I didn't notice at him all. The following night, my wife said "I wonder if that homeless guy will be there, I saw him digging through the trash last night." From that night on for the rest of our stay we ordered a little extra at dinner and dropped it off to the man.

MC, Lodge 242, Jim Thorpe - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 6:43 PM

A member of Howell Lodge offered pay the dues ($80) for another member who needed assistance!

JRE, Lodge 405, Honey Brook, PA - Tuesday, July 05, 2011 at 11:17 AM

I have never been attached to a lodge in the US, although I was initiated, passed, and raised at Verona n. 111, Valle del Adige, when I was in Europe for a while. When I first came back, I had too many other things demanding my attention, and now that I am interested again, for the moment, my job leaves me neither the time nor the money. I travel 150 miles a day. But I cruise the websites and continue reading, waiting for circumstances to be more favorable. When I encountered this page, I wanted to share an experience that helped to set my thoughts on the track of becoming involved again. I was driving to work early one morning, and was approaching the on ramp of 95 near the Phila. airport. Traffic was fairly congested and I hesitated for a moment as another car was approaching at about the same speed. The driver of the other car was actually a little better placed to move forward, but with a pleasant smile, the older gentleman generously waved me ahead. I smiled and nodded to him and went forward. About a half mile further along on 95 traffic lanes had to merge as the left lane was blocked by traffic cones due to the never ending work of Penndot. A car came up just a little behind me on the left. I saw the same gentleman and waved him to merge ahead of me. Again I received a very warm smile and a nod of thanks. In writing this, it seems inconsequential, but there was such a strong sense of comradery about this simple exchange of courtesies, and I reflected how nice it was compared to the usual hostility one experiences on the road. As his car moved in front of me, I noticed a small metal square and compass on his back bumper.

ECB, Lodge 111, Yeadon, PA - Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Just moments after leaving work this past Wednesday, I witnessed and oncoming car suffer a blowout and nearly crash. The driver recovered and brought the vehicle to a safe stop, but was clearly shaken. I drove to the nearest place where I could safely turn around and pulled up behind him. After ensuring he was OK, I went back to my car where I keep a small hydraulic floor jack and a 4-way lug wrench, both of which speed-up and simplify changing a tire. I helped him with the tire which allowed him to get under way more quickly and kept him from being late for work. He was very appreciative for the assistance and wanted to pay me for my kindness, but I politely declined telling him "I'm a Mason and that's what we do."

KLM, Lodge 467, Albrightsville, PA - Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 3:48 PM

During a recent vacation at Ocean City, Md. I was noticing Gentlemen wearing either a hat or "T" shirt depicting a branch of Military Servie or a particular Combat zone that they had served in. I started to lokk for these men andstarted a campaign to thnk them for thier sacrifice and service. One individual that had served in Viet Nam stood up and gave me a hug and as tears started to show up he told me that I was the first stranger to ever thank him as those that served during that time were not treated very well upon their return home. We both agreed that it was long overdue. During my vacation, I was able to thank 6 individuals that were very happy to recieve that recognition.

WHB, Lodge No.417, Coatesville, Pa - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 8:17 AM

417 member DLB organized his neihborhood to assit another neighbor in doing some yard work and washing her car and assiting her with some daily chores after the unexpected passing of her husband. It was truly a surprise to her and was filled with moments of tears and happiness during her tough times.

WHB, Lodge No. 417, Coatesville,Pa - Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 8:08 AM

I have been a volunteer Scouter for 21 years. Both of my sons are members of my Masonic Lodge and Eagle Scouts. Troop 360 Jacksonville, Florida

ETN, Lodge 306, Jacksonville, Florida - Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 11:50 PM

I was waiting in the check-out line at a store on a very hot day last week. There was a man in front of me with a bottle of anti-freeze/coolant for his car. He attempted to pay for it, but his credit card was denied and he had no money. He began to walk away from the register without his intended purchase and I called to him and asked if he wanted the coolant. He said "No. It was okay.” and that he “would just use water” in his car radiator. Knowing a little about cars myself, I knew that without coolant added to water in a radiator it would most likely boil-over and cause possible damage to the car. I told the man "If you want the coolant, I'll buy it for you. It's yours if you want it." He hesitated a moment as if trying to figure out what I was saying and what the catch was, but eventually accepted my offer. He was very grateful and assured me he'd pass the favor on to someone else. I told him I was glad to help him out and that I was a Freemason. He shook my hand and went on his way with his coolant. I later met him in the parking lot as he was filling his radiator and we exchanged smiles and he thanked me again. I love being a Freemason. Before I joined the fraternity, I probably would have never done something like that. I felt great about helping a total stranger for the rest of the day.

wbc, Lodge 620, Norristown PA - Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 7:36 AM

I took my daughter into a local park loaded with bags and picked up all the trash. Also, split into recycling. We took this to the recycling center (located in the park.) The fellow was amazed that we took the time to do this, and offered to take the trash as well as the recycling. Now there is a group that has formed to maintain this, following in our footsteps (and my daughter has learned a wonderful lesson in kindness and humility).

AMS, Lodge 462, Berwick, PA - Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 7:24 PM

On Friday, 5/27/11, I was working the 2PM-10PM Shift for security at Blommer Chocolate Co. in East Greenville, Pa. A female trck driver had been logged in at 11:55 AM and as of 8:30 PM, she had not left the site. I checked with the shipper on duty, and he indicated she had been loaded. At approx. 9:15PM, I saw the female driver walking toward the Guard House. The driver was complaining of possibly having a fever, her eyes closing as if having pink eye and other problems. After talking with the driver several minutes, I convinced the driver that the best course of action was for me to call 911. I called 911 and a local ambulance responded. The driver was taken to a local hospital and treated. She returned to the site early the next morning. There was a Wal-Mart close by for her to get her medications. I informed several personnel on site of the situation. While the driver was on site, she was checked on.

EBM, Lodge 254, Pottstown, Pa - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 1:36 PM

My wife and I started and maintain a service for our church approximately two years ago. We call it Angels On Wheels. We, through a system of volunteers, provide transportation for those who attend our church, (appx.1500 members) to and from medical appointments. It could be physical, dental, visual, cancer, etc. We even provide for a "third" ear for those who need another person to listen to Dr.'s instructions. The rides are always provided at no cost and at the expense of the volunteer driver. We often stay very busy and have developed a number of very positive relatinships.

RRR, Lodge 220, Hollidaysburg, PA - Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I volunteer every Monday at the local cancer center, where I meet with the patients.

WRF, Lodge 342, Coudersport, PA - Friday, May 06, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Volunteer for Youth/Law Enforcement Fourms. These fourms bring young people and law enforcement together through a variety of methods to foster discussion as well as humanize positions and conflicts. There are opportunities for youth and police to break down their perceptions of one another in an effort to enhance communications and develop relationships to utimately reduce negative youth/police contacts. The desired outcomes is to keep youth and police interactions safer thereby reducing fatalities and arrests. These forums are conducted at various community centers, juvnile detention facilities, police academies and junior and senior high schools.

DJR, Lodge 384, Philadelphia, Pa. - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Officer with Liberty Bell Sea Cadet Squadron; Board of Directors Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association; VFW Post 175 Doylestown. Spend 50 to 60 hours a month on all these volunteer activities.

JKB, Lodge 384, Doylestown/pa - Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Brethren of Washington Lodge 164 delievered a ham dinner this Easter Sunday, to a financially challenged Brother and family. He in turn invited other less fortunite people who would otherwise be shut in's and would otherwise be alone on Easter. Freemasonry at it's best.

JK, Lodge 164, Washington Pennsylvania - Monday, April 25, 2011 at 10:56 AM

We add random acts of kindness mainly about ourselves, but I'd like to add one for my two boys. I recently had a trip to the ER via an ambulance and thank God that it was not as serious as I had thought. My boys know that I am not able to do anything strenuous for quite some time and they have been helping mom and dad around the house. I was also proud of my boys when they noticed daddy struggling to get dressed. They helped dad put on his shirt and pants, and also helped dad tie his shoes. My boys are Spencer age 4 and Seth age 7.

PBL, Lodge 436, Phila - Friday, April 22, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Returning from an evening out with my wife, I pulled into my driveway to find an unknown car with its hood up. Turns out the couples headlights had gone out and with my assistance - electrical meter, tools, tape, and wire ties - we were able to diagnose the problem as a loose wire and had them safely back onto the road in under a half-hour. They offered cash, but I told them as a Mason, I do this stuff without accepting payment. Helping others is even easier when then come to me!

CBS, Lodge 308, Conshohocken, PA - Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM

My wife and I volunteer this past Saturday to conduct Pre-Cana sessions for engaged couples who are planning to be married at our church this year. This is a marriage requirement for couples and are conducted twice a year usually during the spring and fall season. We facilitate a class on marriage communications and have been volunteering our time for the past 20 years.

DJR, Lodge 384, Philadelphia, Pa. - Monday, April 04, 2011 at 10:41 AM

my wife, kids and i volunteer for mobile missions at the Bethesda mission homeless shelter in hbg PA. it is humbling to travel the city at night giving food and clothing to the folks on the street. its hard going home to a warm bed after a cold winters night on the streets. we are thankful for all in our lives and this great fraternity called Freemasonry

TZ, Lodge 464, hbg. PA - Friday, April 01, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Stopped during a cold, drizzly motorcycle commute home to assist a stranded motorist. She'd already bought a replacement battery from Pep Boys across the street, but couldn't install it, so we walked back over and bought a tool and I installed the battery for her. She offered several times to pay me, but I refused. I asked her if she knew what a Mason was and she replied that she did. I told her I was one and that this is just what we do. With a hug and a wave, I hopped back onto my motorcycle and headed home, smiling all the way.

CBS, Lodge 308, Conshohocken, PA - Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Looking out my office window, I saw a bus and car pulled to the curb. They had been in an accident. No injuries. The driver of the car was a Catholic Nun she was struggeling with her cell phone trying to take pictures of the damage. I went outside with my camera in hand and offered to take the pictures and e-mail them to her. She kindly accepted giving me her e-mail address. After I sent her the pictures she e-mailed me back thanking me and saying "I have meet a Good Smaritan today. I responded just a catholic boy as well as a Mason.

DJH, Lodge 271, Philadelphia - Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:32 PM

A 16 year old girl went missing several weeks ago and the story wasn't being covered by the local media. My wife contacted every local news outlet numerous times trying to get them to cover it. Eventually Dan Cuellar from channel 6 in Philadelphia called her back and agreed to cover the story. I'm happy to announce that this girl was brought home safely today. I attribute my wifes caring for a complete stranger to our Masonic household. I am a Pennsylvania freemason, and the creed that we live by definitely rubs off on my household.

C.L., Lodge 135, Clifton heights - Monday, March 21, 2011 at 9:28 PM

A brother of Warren Lodge in Collegeville, PA, Bro. A.S., the owner of the (autobody-repair) franchise in the local area, went out of his way today to come to my office parking lot, setup his mobile shop and in less than an hour performed repairs to the bumper of my sedan. It had been damaged in a deer accident and I'd not had the time or money to have it repaired. Bro. A. did an amazing job, and wouldn't accept anything but my handshake. I am so proud to be his masonic brother.

KEM, Lodge 310, Southampton, PA - Friday, March 18, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Last week, while pumping gas after work, I was approached by a college student who had forgotten their wallet and needed a gallon of gas to get home. He was just asking for a dollar, and I happen to have a dollar on me (I rarely carry cash any more.) I figured I would want someone to help me if I were ever in that situation so I did not even hesitate to help.

MM, Lodge 340, Paoli, PA - Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Was working as and EMT on 3/7 and while my partner was refueling our unit I was getting coffee and there was a young mom and her daughter trying to purchase a bite to eat, when I noticed she was trying to pay with what appeared to be a relatively small amout of money, I heard her say she w heading to Florida in a move for work, I asked if she had enough and she said not really. I told the cleric to add it to my bill for the coffee as I was paying, when she asked why I said " I'm a Mason, it's what we do" she asked how she could pay me back I said not to worry about it and to just help someone out when she was able to. The look on the little girls face was worth the few dollars it cost for the food and sodas they had.

Dpd, Lodge 218, Honesdale, PA - Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

A year ago our lodge replaced one of the churches in our community,delivering meals on wheels. We take a turn every five weeks our Lodge does the Meals on Wheels for the week in Charleroi Pa.

LWD, Lodge 615, Charleroi Pa. - Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Today it is Tuesday, February 22, 2011. It snowed in Philadelphia last night. It’s about 9:00 AM and Brother F R, Junior Warden of Hackenburg Mt. Moriah Lodge #19 is halfway through snowblowing the entire block on which we live. He has done this ever since he has had use of a snowblower, whether it was a borrowed one or his own. He also spends much of his time helping others. He has fixed plumbing, house heaters, garage doors and many other things for our neighbors and certainly helped me with many projects around the house. He is truly a man who believes in acts of kindness. BD, PM Lodge #19

BD, Lodge 19, Philadelphia Pa - Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

On January 8th 2011 the Brethren of Pollock lodge #502 in Tarentum Pa bonded together to help a community member who had saved others by serving more than just pancakes. Officer Mike Duffy had received the honor of a valor award for rescuing a woman and her two children from a burning building and now he was in need. The members of Pollock were there to support. Officer Duffy had recently been diagnosed with cancer and was going to be off work for three months for chemotherapy. Early in December the members decided to use January’s Pancake breakfast as a community outreach and benefit for Mike. The group communicated and planned everything to run like clockwork, and succeeded in serving over 200 breakfasts to those in attendance. Pollock Lodge was able to serve pancakes but more importantly, also serve its community and a leader of it in need, and at a high level of visibility.

HCR, Lodge 502, Natrona Heights, PA - Friday, February 18, 2011 at 8:07 PM

My church sends valentines to a local nursing home each year, so my wife and I took a dozen names, bought cards for each and submitted them. We often forget those in nursing homes at special times of the year and this is just a very nice way to remember them.

DL, Lodge 265, Bloomsburg, PA - Friday, February 18, 2011 at 12:46 PM

I organized and held a Battle of the Bands to raise money for the Masonic Homes and we hit our goal of $2,000!!! We had 8 live groups ranging in all genres of music. Guitar Center was generous enough to loan us $8,000 worth of amplifiers for the day, and Studio 609 donated the prize of free live recording time to our winning band. We are looking forward to our 2nd Battle of the Bands being held June 11th 2011. All ages are welcome!!!

SNN, Lodge 368, Philadelphia, PA - Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I am a caseworker for a County run Youth Shelter. I have the privilege of working daily with several brothers from the 7th Masonic District in caring for youth in their darkest times. In addition to counseling, caring for, and encouraging these youth, we also include them in conducting charitable endeavors themselves; like 'Meals on Wheels' and assorted community services. We have found that these children, in desperate times of their own, find peace, pride, and self value in being able to assist others in need throughout our community. Again, it is our privilege. I am SO proud to be a Mason.

MJM, Lodge 435/377, Reading Pa 19606 - Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Every snowfall I clean my elderly neighbor and a brothers wal and driveway.

TGH, Lodge 509, Pittsburgh - Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Whenever we have snowfall, I clean all of the snow form the steps, porches, and parking areas of the elderly that lives on my street.

RT, Lodge 383, Cochranville, PA - Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:03 PM

I instruct a gang prevention program to inner city youth once a week (approximately 1-hour) for thirteen sessions. Also, I volunteer my services at the Philadelphia Youth Study Detention Center, Philadelphia Police Academy, Community Centers and Local High Schools to promote better relations and communications between police officers and youth.

DJR, Lodge 384, Phihadelphia, Pa. - Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 12:05 PM

John W. Jenks Lodge #534 recently held a benefit dinner for a Brother & his family who lost all their belongings in a house fire December 26, 2010. The event was well supported by local businesses and the community. It was a hugh success.

jas, Lodge 534, Punxsutawney - Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM

I remove snow from my 81 yr old neighbor's property, and will not take payment.

WAH, Lodge 338, new milford, PA - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 6:29 AM

During morning motorcycle commute into Philly, stopped to change the tire of a stranded motorist. When the driver asked if she could pay me, I just said no. "I'm a Mason. It's just what we do." She explained that her son was a Mason and her grandson was due to join a lodge shortly. She was in Eastern Star. Small world.

CS, Lodge 308, Lafayette Hill, PA - Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Cleared snow from several neighbors' driveways and sidewalks after 1/11 snowstorm.

CS, Lodge 308, Lafayette Hill, PA - Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 9:40 AM

This morning I shoveled the snow around my neighbor's car and from her porch. It was very early, so she was still in the house, probably sleeping. She is a single mother and I did not want her to have to worry about getting her children around and also have to shovel out her car by herself.

CHB, Lodge 21, Harrisburg PA - Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 10:31 AM

The day after the big snow storm of December 26th, I shoveled the sidewalks of two of my neighbors homes. One neighbor is quite old and was very pleased I took the time to help him.

wbc, Lodge 620, Norristown PA - Monday, January 03, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Visited with a cancer patient in an area nursing facility. I spent about an hour with the gentleman and his wife, who spends her days with him. When their daughter(a former student) arrived after work, I prayed with the family and departed. I felt blessed by the experience.

JRF, Lodge 447, Claysville, PA - Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Lodge 417 donated a $400.00 Gift Card to a single young Mother of 4 to be used for groceries or presents for her children

WB, Lodge 0417, Christiana, Pa. - Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 3:26 PM

As a way to help the community, I recently organized and conducted a series of free Internet Safety workshops for children and adults of all ages. My goal was to create awareness within the community about the need for safe and responsible use of technology.

CSH, Lodge 549, Sinking Spring, PA - Thursday, December 09, 2010 at 10:51 PM

In this event, the Lodge gathers 25 trees donated by local tree growers, have the trees decorated by local community groups and at the end of the 2 week gala give the trees to needy families. The needy families are determined by both local churches and local community support groups. The Lodge also offers the CHIP program, Toys for Tots dropoff box and food pantry donation box for canned goods. This is an annual event offered by Lodge No 216 in Pottsville and is now in its 3rd year.

rjt, Lodge 216, Pottsville, Pa - Wednesday, December 08, 2010 at 10:46 PM

The other morning I was leaving the Lodge after meeting with the Secretary and as I was pulling out I noticed a car just past our driveway pulling on the burm. The front tire was flat. I pulled in behind the car and discovered an elderly lady alone in the car. I asked her if I could help and she replied that she had just tried to call her son but he was not home. I changed her tire, escorted her to a nearby dealership, which is owned by a Brother, took her inside and told the Service Writer that she just had a flat and her spare was very low in air. He immediately took her car in the shop and got her on her way. She asked what she owed me and I simply said, you saw where I just came from, our Masonic Lodge, and this is what Masons do - help others in their time of need. She thanked me several times and I was on my way. What a great feeling to help others and promote our fraternity while doing so.

kwm, Lodge 299, Muncy - Monday, November 29, 2010 at 2:18 PM

I had gone to Walm*rt to pick-up a few items, I don't shop at Walm*rt very often because I have a major disability caused by a severe spinal problem & the store is too large for me to try to walk around through. If I have to walk more than 20 ft I have to use a cane (and not too well at that). The extreme pain I have with my spine has only increased my compassion for others with disabilities. Recently, I went to a Walm*rt and was leaving the store. Near the front exit door I saw a very elderly woman with a cane trying to get into a motorchair. She was very frail and to my dismay was alone (she had no one else with her). When I saw her, I was very surprised (or maybe should not have been) that the employees at Walma*rt totally ignored her (but this is often how the disabled are treated). So I immediately went over to her to assist. I was extremely worried that if she would slip and fall that she could easily break a hip or worse. So, even though I had to use a cane myself, I held onto the handles of the motor chair so it would not move and asked if she was ok. I stayed there with her to make sure that she could get into the motorchair without falling or hurting herself. Why did I do this? Because it's instinct; I'm a Mason (and very proud of it)!

MK, Lodge 52, Phila Pa - Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 5:07 PM

At Tacony Lodge No. 600 our Temple Association had a Pancake Breakfast/Food & Toy drive to benefit the Feast of Justice Food Cupboard at St John's Church in Philadelphia. We asked those who were coming to the breakfast to bring a canned good and/or a toy for those who need it most.. With the help of approximately 400 people including the Boys from Northeast Chapter Order of DeMolay, two Rainbow Girls, and Brethren from Harry A Houseman No. 717, Widener-Apollo-Kensington No. 211, William Penn-Harmony No.52, Lodge No. 9, Frankford No. 292, Jerusalem No. 506, and Joseph H Brown No. 751. We succeeded in feeding 1200 families who might not have had a decent holiday season, and the toys we collected will make sure that some unfortunate kids will be fortunate this time around. The whole day was a great pleasure to see. Many people gathered together in making such a significant difference. A hearty thank you to everyone who came out to support this cause. You know who you are, and you are all special!

WFH, Lodge 600, Philadelphia,PA - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Was getting off from work on 11/19 at 11:30, after a long day working as an EMT my relief and i noticed that someone had put traffic cones in a straight line across US 6 which we removed so as to prevent an accident, then i stumbled across three young women locked out of their "ZipCar" and helped them get back in. Work wasn't strange, but the trip home sure was

DPD, Lodge 218, Honesdale - Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 8:33 AM

This week: While cleaning the leaves out the yards (blowing the leaves toward the curb), I also cleaned both neighbors sides of their property adjoining our property. Less leaves they have to rake/blow to the curb.

GWR, Lodge 308, Glenside - Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 5:42 PM

My neighbor was out mowing his lawn and mulching leaves with a ridding mower. My wife come running into the house and told me there was a fire and the neighbor was waving to cars going by for help. I retrieved the fire extinguisher from the kitchen, Ran outside and put out the fire that was burning his ridding mower and leaves that were ignited by his mower. All is well. Wife did her part by going to the store and buying a new extinguisher for the next time there is a fire.

MAC, Lodge 347, Erie Pa - Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM

While walking from my garage to my townhouse, a elderly gentleman was standing near his van and asked for a jump. I finished my walk home and got my truck and went back to jump his van. He asked how much he had owed me for the jump - my request was simply "when you can help someone else."

AMR, Lodge 406, Harrisburg PA - Monday, November 08, 2010 at 1:55 PM

As the owner of a Hot Dog Cart, we usually let our Masonic friends use it for free. A Member of our Lodge was hosting a Hallow'een party for the neighborhood children and was given the use of the cart. It is also used for our Fathers Day Extravaganza picnic every June which is used to raise funds for the Masonic Homes. If any have any other suggestions, go to my website www.mrdoggiecart.com and leave me a message Thanks, JK

JK, Lodge 52, BENSALEM - Monday, November 08, 2010 at 12:37 PM

During rush hour I was travelling East on Lower State Rd as I approached the intersection with Bristol Rd, I noticed that the oncoming traffic was stopped. Two cars were stopped, one appearing to be disabled, causing traffic to back up through the intersection. There is no shoulder in this area and it is on a winding hill. As I passed by, I noticed a young man attempting to help an elderly woman start her car. I turned around and pulled my pickup truck up to the disabled vehicle, pulled out a tow-chain and hauled the woman and the vehicle a mile to a safe pull off area. I then assisted her in calling a tow truck and waited until she was safely on her way. The young man who was fervently attempting to help was but 19 years old and disgusted by the absolute disregard of the dozens of people cursing, beeping and dangerously speeding by. I gave him my card and stated, "If you keep sticking your neck out for other people, the world will have no choice but to respect you." My card includes a Masonic emblem, I hope that he calls.

TAB, Lodge 417, North Wales, PA - Tuesday, November 02, 2010 at 12:25 AM

A father and son's truck overheated. They were from upstate New York, in town to visit some auction sales. After working on the truck, we found that we needed a hose to stop the antifreeze from leaking. I drove the father to pick up the part and off they went!

JMF, Lodge 665, Leola, PA - Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 9:17 PM

My Wife and I were coming home late one evening and I suggested that I was very thirsty for a coffee, which is unusual for me to drink coffee so late. We stopped at our local Sheetz store and I got my coffee while standing behind a gentleman waiting to pay, I noticed that there was some discussion with this man. Apparently he was passing through from New York and had a gas card that Sheetz did not honor. He had no other money and was trying to get home for a family member. The Sheetz employees, basically were saying that there was nothing they could do. The guy looked really desparate. I took out 30.00 from my wallet and handed it to him. He was able to pay for gas. It seemed like an instant sense of relief for him. After he left, the employee said, you were probably just ripped off, I said, I don't care, I think he needed it.

AHB, Lodge 700, State College, PA - Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Labelle Vallee Lodge #232 in Jersey Shore, PA, recently hosted two successful events for the community. The first was a spaghetti dinner for the Jersey Shore Area High School Varsity Football Team and Coaching Staff. It was a night filled with fun, great food, and fellowship with the young men. It was also a great opportunity to meet the boys and tell them about Labelle Vallee and what Freemasonry is all about. The squad was had an overwhelmingly good time and even thanked the members of the lodge with an original song and dance performed by the team. At the conclusion, the members made a donation of $300 to the Booster Club to help the young men and to show them that Freemasons are here to support the youth of Jersey Shore. Secondly, a community block party was held in conjunction with Homecoming Week in Jersey Shore. The lodge was buzzing with youth and adults from all over the area. A DJ entertained the crowd, the Jersey Shore Area High School Cheerleaders provided games for the children to play, and the members of Labelle Vallee provided hot dogs, drinks, and plenty of snacks. The event was a huge success with over 200 community members attending. Members of the lodge had a great time talking with everyone about Freemasonry and were even asked by several gentlemen for petitions!

MW, Lodge 232, Jersey Shore, PA - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Stopped to assist a motorist who'd completely lost their front driver's side wheel. Had to return home to get a jack and helped them to remount the wheel and followed them to their destination.

CBS, Lodge 308, Conshohocken - Friday, October 15, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Even before I became a Mason, I believed in helping others, especially if they were in need or in trouble. Some of this discipline came from my time in the armed forces. I was assigned to security and have spent over 30 years in industrial security. There were several occasions when I came upon accidents and would take control of the situation until the police and other emergency personnel would arrive on the scene. I believe that Freemasonry does make good men better. Even to this day, I would help someone in need or in trouble. I have a friend that has problems walking or lifting. On a daily basis, I offer what assistance I can. I help with shopping and will take the groceries into the house. I support the Masonic Charities, especially the Children's Home and the Youth Foundation. The children and youth are our future and need all the support and guidance we can give them to become upstanding and responsible citizens.

EBM, Lodge 254, POTTSTOWN - Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 12:07 PM

I am uncomfortable speaking about personal acts of kindness. However, I can state without equivocation, that assisting a Brother and/or his family is one of the most rewarding, amazing experiences a Mason can ever realize. I have three simple rules: 1. Don't wait to be asked. 2. Don't ask or expect compensation. 3. Never, ever seek recognition. God Bless!

dds, Lodge 286, Elizabethtown, Pa. - Tuesday, October 05, 2010 at 9:11 AM

We recieved an email that a single mother was looking for clothes for her three daughters as well as shoes that the girls could wear to school. I suggested to my wife knowing how kids can be at this age that we contact the mother and go purchase a new pair of shoes for each of the girls for school. So now they all three do not have to worry about shoes for school.

R.P.R., Lodge 153, Waynesburg, PA - Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Every Saturday morning since I read about the initiative I walk down my street and clean the trash off of seven of my neighbors front lawns. I imagine my neighbors are more than curious who has been making their lives a little brighter but they would have to wake up before the sunrise to find the Trash Fairy working his way back home. I am hoping I will be able to do it the rest of my life, undetected.

jb, Lodge 436, Philadelphia/pa - Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Brother B. O. and I have developed three sight and sound programs bringing back fond memories of our past. We have presented these programs to various lodges and organizations in the Philadelphia area with a great deal of positive response. Brother B. and I request a honorarium that is donated to the Scottish Rite Children's Dyslexia Center and to the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children. To date we have raised over $1000 for each organization. This is a way for the two of us to demonstrate Masonic Values by donating our time, energy and talent to these two worthy causes.

, Lodge 19, Newtown - Monday, September 27, 2010 at 3:31 PM

About 9 years ago I have moved into the community me and my family resides. OK so we still live in Philadelphia, and could have bought a home in the suburbs; however this is a nice family oriented community. There is a park across the street, close to public transit, if needed, and there are decent schools in the area. Now we do from time to time have some of the teenagers that decide to hang in the pavilion at night and smoke; and I am not referring to cigarettes. Not a big deal because they are not causing any problems, although I do not condone smoking marijuana. Sometimes people have a weekend party over in the pavilion and maybe a few pieces of napkins or paper plates may end up in the street, it happens. See, Philadelphia is facing some challenges due to urban blight, and families are leaving the city. Now what will happen to close-knit neighborhoods when others that do not respect the area decide to vandalize the area? Well maybe I am a "one man crusader" and I will not tolerate my community to fall to disarray. Some vandal decided to tag the poles going down the street and I guess mark their territory, not in my neighborhood! The pictures I have is something that really had me upset because if it starts with this, it is a cancer that spreads and before one knows it, it is too late. It cost me about eight dollars to go down the street and cover up the vandalism someone decided to do. I took my two boys with me when I did this to teach them a lesson on respecting, not only our community, but every community as well. People passed by when I did this and had no idea what I was doing. It wasn't until about a week later when several of my neighbors came up to me and thanked me for my deed. If we are to have prospering communities and neighborhoods, we all need to stand together, take back what rightfully belongs to us; considering we have decided to buy our homes and pay our taxes, and not allow our communities to decay.

PBL, Lodge 436, Philadelphia, PA - Friday, September 24, 2010 at 11:33 AM

The Officers and Members of Bluestone Lodge during the Labor day weekend preformed an act of kindness. At the Susquehanna rest stop which is off of I-81. Tents were set up and within these tents were varoius home made baked goods donated my wives of the Lodge Brothers. Coffee, cold drinks, fruit, and of course Hot Dogs were available. In additional were dog treats and water for the travelers whop brought their dogs. The Brethren meets Masons from around the world sparking freindships. Manu travelers gave donations and were pleased with that was offered free of charge. Many men ask how they could obtain information in becoming a member of our beloved fraternity and we directed to their state's Grand Lodge website.

RD, Lodge 338, Hallstead, Pa - Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM

While out to lunch with my 8 year old son Colby, we noticed a frail older woman walk into the restaurant. She looked very tired and weary to say the least. My son pointed out to me she looked sad to be alone. At that moment, we both decided we should suprise her, however anonymously. We called the waitress over and instructed her to give us this woman's check when she completed her meal and not to tell the patron who was paying, nor to mention this until she was done. Needless to say, my son and I stayed after our meal, so he could partake in the fruits of our deed. We saw the waitress explain to the woman what transpired and she instantly gained a glow of joy and happiness, seemingly knowing once again, she is never unnoticed or uncared for. My son was amazed at what such a small act of kindness could to to lift the spirits of another.

JDY, Lodge 717, Philadelphia, PA - Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at 7:37 PM

On Sunday after Hurricane Earl passed, my wife and I were on the beach debating whether or not we would go surfing. My wife noticed a young boy get swept out in the ocean with his mother in waist deep water yelling for him. He was in about 10 feet of water. I was a lifeguard on the beach for 8 years. My instinct took over. I reached the boy in seconds and grabbed him before he could go under. The mother was embarressed that she could do nothing but very thankful. I told her I was a former guard but in the excitement I forgot to tell her I was a Mason. Hopefully they noticed the emblem on our truck. As we were sitting on the beach my wife simply said "Thank God we were here today"

AES, Lodge 126, Philadelphia, PA - Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Bluestone Lodge No. 338 conducted a "coffee break" at the Great Bend, Pennsylvania welcome center on route 81 south. We served 1440 hot dogs, bananas, pizza and countless numbers of baked goods and drinks.

MD, Lodge 338, Hallsted, PA - Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 6:01 PM

At Duquesne/McKeesport lodge, #731, we had a fund raiser. With the money raised we where able to donate the procedes to different charties in the Mon valley. The Food Bank, Womens Place, The City of Duquesne Appreciation Day. Human Shelter. This was well received and greatly appreciated. Also in September, we took part in a Replenishment Blood Drive for one of the brothers. The Blood Bank used our hall to collect the blood. The brothers and people of the area made it a great success. Its great to be part of such a great organization as the Masons.

JW, Lodge 731, Duquesne, Pa. - Friday, September 03, 2010 at 6:30 PM

At a recent local community event called Palmer Days, 8 Brothers assisted the Palmer Police department with their Child ID Program. Our Lodge has been assisting the police force for the past 3 years and they are very appreciative for the assistance.

BJS, Lodge 396, Eastpn PA - Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 11:14 AM

The chairman of my employer's annual United Giving Campaign stepped down, and they sought someone to be a site-coordinator. I volunteered, and am in the middle of leading our workplace thru this time of charity fund-raising.

JCW, Lodge 776, Fairless Hills, PA - Monday, August 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Helping two sisters that was lost on a sunday am trying to find a church taking them to it was better then trying to tell them so that is what i did (making things nicer for them)

AS, Lodge 313, Indiana Pa - Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 8:31 PM

My neighbor Heather was trying to put together a gas bar-be-que grill and seemed to be having a tough time of it. I offered my assistance and between the two of us, we had the grill put together very quickly. Much to my surprise, the next day she knocked on my door and gave me a bottle of wine with a card that said that I deserved the good samaritan award and thanked me for my help.

bt, Lodge 716, Pittsburgh PA - Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 10:12 AM

My Brother, friend and boss needed to remove some unwanted cots from our worksite. He asked my suggestion where they could be donated. After mature deliberation we decided to donate then to SafeHarbor a homeless shelter in Easton PA. On our own time and with our own vehicles we transported 30 new cots to the shelter. The shelters director was very appreciative.

BJS, Lodge 396, Easton PA - Thursday, August 05, 2010 at 7:02 AM

On Saturday, July 24 I received a phone call from a neighbor. She and her family were in a motel in Atkins, Virginia returning from vacation and because the transmission on their car broke. She could not find a way home or how to get her car back to Elizabethtown. Atkins, Virginia is approximately 405 miles from Elizabethtown. After discussion with my wife we decided to drive to Atkins, Virginia to pick up our neighbor and her family. We drove ther arriving at about 9:30 P.M. on Saturday, July 24. We stayed overnight at the motel where the distressed family was located. Sunday, July 25, we left the motel and returned to her home in Elizabethtown at 2:30 P.M. This only the 2nd time I have ever met this family. Of course we would accept nothing for this random act of kindness.

RWB, Lodge 405, Elizabethtown - Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 4:11 PM

I noticed the young couple who lives next door to me trying to cut down (by hand) some overgrown brush and small trees from the back yard of their newly acquired house. I went to my house and brought out my chainsaw and offered to cut them down for them. It only took me about a half an hour but it would have taken them a whole weekend and a lot of sweat considering the hot weather!

AMK, Lodge 504, Moscow, PA - Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 8:15 PM

My wife and I was entering a diner as an older couple was leaving. The older lady was in a wheel chair. We held the door for them. In my mind this was no big deal just what I was taught to do but the gratitude we received from the older couple reminded us that things are not as they used to be and everyone needs to help their neighbors.

BJS, Lodge 396, Easton PA - Monday, July 26, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I see very clearly that Freemasonry is seeking younger members. A great way to attract a few is by making a Facebook page that is belonging thereunto. There are a few masonic pages on there but no "Official" page. It would be beneficial and spark some young interest in our craft. This is my random act of kindness, Bringing this to your attention.

sds, Lodge 440, Walnutport PA - Friday, July 23, 2010 at 6:35 PM

One of my neighbors needed her property cut. She has 3 acres of grass that she usually has cut by a farmer but he told her due to economic issues he could no longer cut her property. Mrs Patterson is about 90 years old and she stopped by to ask if I could cut her property. She only wants it done every other month and said she would pay me what she paid the other guy. I told her not to worry about it and I would be glad to do it for free.

WMB, Lodge 25, Lansdale, PA - Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Apollo Lodge No.. 437 held a Blood Drive at the North Apollo Firehall on Monday, June 28, 2010. The community and membership response was great, with a total of 39 pints of blood collected for the American Red Cross. And thru the Masonic Blood Club the proceeds will go to the Masonic Villages.

RRF, Lodge 437, Apollo, PA - Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Recently while at the local Sheetz store I was approached by a woman of advanced years asking if I knew where she could get air in one of her car tires, which was clearly under inflated to the point of being a potential driving hazard for her if she continued driving on it. After directing her to the free air pump available at this location, she still appeared uneasy about doing this task herself, admitting to me that she didn't even know what the correct tire pressure was for her tires or how to use the pump, adding that "her husband always took care of these things for her in the past"! I smiled and told her that if she'd pull up to the air pump I'd be most happy to assist her! After showing her where on the inside of her cars door frame that vehicles often have the recommended tire pressure for the vehicles tires listed on a manufacturers decal, I proceeded to inflate her tire to the correct pressure and then checked her other three tires and made certain they were all inflated to the same correct pressure. I then asked if she needed gas today and offered to pump her gas for her as well and the look of relief which came upon her face was a joy in and of itself for me to witness and experience! I was getting such a great feeling from helping this woman I even washed her windshield for her after I was done pumping her gas for her. She tried to "tip" me a couple dollars and I told her that helping her out and seeing the expression of gratitude on her face were payment enough for me, and it really was! I don't know whose spirits were lifted higher by my simple act of kindness to this stranger in need, hers or mine! What a pleasure to have been of service to this wonderful soul who was about my mothers age, who I suspect had just recently either lost her husband or perhaps he had suddenly fallen ill and was no longer able to gas up the car and make certain that her tires were properly inflated and safe for her to be driving on. What a great feeling helping this wife and mother/grandmother in need! She wasn't the first one I've helped out like this by pumping their gas or checking their tires or oil and I know she won't be the last either! That "deer in the headlights" look at the gas pumps is a dead give-away and I'm seeing more and more of them all the time, especially with all these "new-fangled" computerized pumps that often confuses and/or intimidates the older, computer challenged generation in particular!

SDM, Lodge 0260, Carlisle, PA. - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Last thursday, I hosted at my home a backyard Scrabble party and cookout for nine of my friends age 70 to 94 who have differant degree's of health problems and restrictions that keep them unable to enjoy the simple things that make life normal again, if only for a short time, one other friend was unable to attend because of heart problems causing feet and legs to swell and expel water, we gathered a plate of food and extra leftover's and delivered them, He was overwhelmed with Joy

rct, Lodge 259, New Brighton, Pa 15066 - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 9:29 AM

while coming home from work i spotted an elderly gentleman who had fallen from from his walker, his wife attempting to help fell with him. i stopped my truck and got them upright and made sure they were ok. they were thankful

rr, Lodge 332, plymouth pa - Monday, June 21, 2010 at 3:39 PM

bill kuklewicz member of plymouth lodge 332 plays the accordion at the fine arts fiesta on public square in wilkes barre pa. he plays for different occasions for the lodge and the string band at irem temple. for many yearts he has entertained the veterans at the va hospital. his arms are never too short to help the needy

wk, Lodge 332, plymouth pa - Monday, June 21, 2010 at 3:35 PM

I cut the grass at thechurch I attend

Dw, Lodge 266 , York pa - Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 11:32 PM

While recently doing laundry at the laundry mat, I noticed a woman who was unable to afford to dry several loads of laundry. This laundry mat uses a pre-paid card system to activate the machines - I gave her my card and told her to use it, and if there was left over to help someone else down the road.

AMR, Lodge 406, Hamburg PA - Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 10:04 PM

The Apollo Lodge # 437, held a food drive at a local super market. Asking pratrons to donates non pershiable items to the Apollo Ridge Food Bank. This yeilded two truck loads of food plus money, plus what members also donated to the Food Bank. While doing this they pasted out flyers saying who they were and where the food was going to. The patrons of this business were supportive of this, the business was happy, and the food bank was very greatful.

CCC, Lodge 437, Apollo PA - Friday, June 04, 2010 at 9:07 PM

The members of Canawacta Lodge NO. 360 participated by doing a Chicken BBQ in Celebrating the 90th year award to Ira T. Reynolds service to Troop 81 Boyscouts of America, Bro. Ira is also a member of Canawacta Lodge at age 108 is a 54yr mason. The Service was done for the Boyscouts

erg, Lodge 360, PA - Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 9:31 PM

I raise flowers, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables in my hobby green house. I start everything from seed in March and each year at the end of May I share everything I grow with friends, neighbors and the pastor of our church. This year I grew over 300 tomato plants alone...of which I planted 46. I enjoy raising the plants and sharing them so everyone can reap the benefits. This month I also, along with a fellow Shriner, took two children to the Shriners Hospital in Erie for treatment. We used the Indiana County Shrine Club Van for the trip.

JTE, Lodge 278, Seward, PA - Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10:33 PM

for the last several weeks I have been cutting my neighbors yard which is almost an acre, both he and his wife are having health problems and are unable to do this at this time.

ETB, Lodge 486, Middletown ,Pa. - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I just finished replacing the air and cabin filters on a co-workers car, saving her the $130.00 she was going to spend at the dealership to have the same job done. She was very pleased.

WBC, Lodge 620, Norristown, PA - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

This is such a simple thing that any man would have done the same. At least I would like to think that mankind has not turned its back on the civilities that we should bestow upon each other. I recently saw an older man broken down on the side of the highway in his truck. I offered to change his flat tire for him when he said ‘But sir, you don’t understand, I have a colostomy bag and it has burst. The contents of this bag is now covering all tools you need to work with…I’ll change it.’ I could tell that the man was weak and was unable to use the jack and move the tire, so I put on some old work gloves and got it changed. He later offered me $20 and I graciously refused. I told him that ‘His money was no good here, for it is simply my duty as a Freemason and a decent man that compels me to help you. My reward is simply knowing that I have been able to help you when no one else would.’ This man had the deep look of gratitude in his eyes. It was beyond just a ‘thank you,’ it was genuine gratitude. That is the point I want to drive home here…no amount of thanks, no amount of money can make me feel as good as the genuine feeling of good will and gratitude that a person gives you when you simply give them a hand. Although I did not say “I’m a PA FREEMASON,” he did peak interest and thank me and the fraternity for ‘doing what we do’ and ‘being good men.’ This is what it’s all about folks…helping each other

wdh, Lodge 775, PA/VA - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 9:12 AM

I helped cut up and remove a fallen tree on a elderly neigbors property.

BJS, Lodge 396, Easton PA - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 11:42 AM

5 Members of William Penn Lodge assisted in serving food at the open house at Doylestown Airport on May 15. All wearing shirts with the Masonic Logo and to promote awareness of the fraternity

JK, Lodge 732, Philadelphia PA - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Oakdale Lodge No. 669 has purchased 2 banners in support of two local community youth baseball/softball leagues, pleadging our support for our youth.

RGT, Lodge 669, Oakdale/PA - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 8:42 AM

The Brethern of Oakdale Lodge have been donating non-perishable item at each stated meeting since January; which will be donated to the North Fayette Food Pantry in June for our distressed neighbors.

RGT, Lodge 669, Oakdale/PA - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Union LodgeNo. 324 has donated $125.00 to support the Cops for Kids program.

esb, Lodge 324, Mifflintown,Pa - Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Union Lodge No. 324 Mifflintown, Pa Has donated $200.00 to Sponor the Mifflintown Little League ball team.In return we will get our Lodge name and number on the shirts and hats

esb, Lodge 324, Mifflintown, PA - Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 8:57 PM

In my business Vocelli Pizza in Pleasant Hills I will send out free food to the Sisters Place for Battered Women & thier children in Clairton. We will also donate food to the kids at the Clairton family center. I like the expressions of the kids when we do this. We actually seek out people to donate to.

JP, Lodge 526, Elizabeth, Pa - Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:06 AM

I just finished helping build and install 2 basketball backboards for my grandsons grade school

JJN, Lodge 751, Lansdale - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 8:37 PM

I crossed paths with an elderly gentleman during an evening walk two weeks ago. He was a disabled veteran who required a walker to get around. After introductions it became clear that this hero was lost and had been trying to find his way back to his assisting living home for a few hours and it was now growing dark. A neighbor of mine knew where the assisted living home was located, so we were able to give him a ride. This wasn't a huge act of kindness, especially when you compare it to the sacrifices he and his fellow veterans made for our country but we were proud to help him in this small way none the less.

SMD, Lodge 585, Royersford, PA - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Every morning, my son (age 4) and I walk through our neighborhood and move newspapers from the street and sidewalk onto the front step for our elderly neighbors.

SMC, Lodge 585, Royersford, PA - Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 5:16 PM

I recently attended a "Relay for Life", when I went to one of the consession stands to purchase some food, I overheard the workers inside remark about being overly busy and being short on water, soft drinks, and condimints. I drove to a nearby store and purchased the items that they were in need of. Shortly thereafter I showed up with the items they were in need of, the looks on all of their faces was priceless.

ADR, Lodge 153, Waynesburg, PA - Monday, May 03, 2010 at 10:03 AM

I volunteer with the local volunteer fire department and train the newly appointed volunteers most of them are youths between 14 and 18 years of age. It gives you a good feeling watching these young people learn the trade and develope into fine servants to the community and mankind.

KCM, Lodge 464, Harrisburg, PA - Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Lafayette Lodge # 194 had 8 brethren mow and clean up 2 cemetaries in Selinsgrove borough.

gbb, Lodge 194, Selinsgrove, Pa - Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Volunteer at LCCC listening post 3/29/2010

, Lodge 763, Kingston Pa - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Volunteer certified lay speaker conducted church service at the Courtdale United Methodist Church 3/14 2010

763, Lodge 763 , Kingston Pa - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Volunteer fire truck driver 2 occassions in the month of March for the Luzerne Fire Dept

763, Lodge 763, Kingston Pa - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Announced at the February stated meeting that we will be holding a food drive to assist the West Side Food pantry

KDL 763, Lodge 763, Kingston Pa - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Paid for 2 Little League signs for the summer promoting Freemasonry (has been done for years)

KDL 763, Lodge 763, Kingston Pa - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Volunteer Certified Lay speaker, conducted Church services at Courtdale United Methodist Church 2/14/ and 2/28/2010

WDW, Lodge 763, - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Chaiman Fat Tuesday Pancake dinner 2/16/2010 Courdale United Methodist Church

WDW, Lodge 763, - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Volunteer Listening at LCCC Listening post 2/8/2010

WDW, Lodge 763, - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Chairman Ethnic Sampling Dinner at Luzerne U.M.Church 2/6/2010

HEW, Lodge 763, - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Volunteer fire truck driver 3 occasions during the month of January 2010

RB, Lodge 763, Kingston Pa - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Apr 22, 2010. 5 brothers took 12 kids from the local Big Brother/Big Sisters organization bowling. Both the kids and brothers had an enjoyable evening. 6 of the kids had participated the previous month and our participation continues to grow.

CDP, Lodge 281, Altoona/PA - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Mar 25, 2010. 4 brothers took 6 kids from the local Big Brother/Big Sisters organization bowling. Both the kids and brothers had an enjoyable evening. 4 of the kids were return participants from February.

CDP, Lodge 281, Altoona/PA - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 7:56 AM

Feb 25, 2010. 4 brothers took 4 kids from the local Big Brother/Big Sisters organization bowling. Both the kids and brothers had an enjoyable evening.

CDP, Lodge 281, Altoona/PA - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 7:52 AM

For the month of January - 2010, our lodge supported local family who lost their home to a fire. We held a drive to collect houshold items, clothing, and a generous monetary donation from the brethern of Mountain Lodge No. 281.

SDB, Lodge 281, Altoona, PA - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 8:42 PM

On February 10 2010, I shoveled a heavy snow from an elderly friend's sidewalk and driveway.

CES, Lodge 395, Wyoming PA - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 7:51 PM

I volunteer with the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Emergency Services

TDW, Lodge 395, Kingston PA - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 7:46 PM

I replaced ballasts and lights for Heritage Public Library in McDonald Pa.

PB, Lodge 297, McDonald, Pa. 15057 - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 5:54 PM

for the past 7 to 8 years my family and i have been voluntering twice a month at the west side food pantry located at the COCU in kingston pa. we distribute food to families in need in the comunity.

JAC, Lodge 763, Kingston Pa - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Volunteer certified lay speaker conducted church service at Larksville UMC 1/31/2010

WDW, Lodge 763, Kingston Pa - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Volunteer Certified layspeaker,conducted church services at Courtdale UMC, 1/10/2010 ans 1/24/2010

WDW, Lodge 763, Kingston Pa - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Volunteer Judge at LCCC 1/5/2010 FBLA Regional Competition

WDW, Lodge 763, Kingston Pa - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 4:47 PM

It's not exactly random, but... the members of Oasis Lodge #416 joined to serve the youth in our community on April 17th, staging the 3rd Annual Kids' Fishing Contest. The brethren donated all the prizes, measured all the fish, and had the pleasure of seeing many smiling faces (including those of the parents, most of whom came away with a very positive impression of Freemasonry). We can't wait to do it again!

PMK, Lodge 416, Edinboro, PA - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 4:21 PM

As a part of The Great American Cleanup of PA the Elysburg Masonic Lodge #349 conducted a trash cleanup of the Weis Fields in Elysburg, PA on Sunday, April 25th. The cleanup harvested 13 bags of trash from the fields and surrounding area.

SK, Lodge 349, Elysburg, PA - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 9:35 AM

My Father in law and 56 year member of the same lodge, does not have a computer. I am submitting this for him. His initials are MES. He removed a large fallen oak tree for his neighbor who was laid up ,recovering from surgery.

lgs, Lodge 75, exton,Pa. - Monday, April 26, 2010 at 2:57 PM

On the way home from our camp, we stopped at the rest area in Barkeyville on Interstate 80. We saw a gentleman with the hood up on his van. We went over to see if we could be of any help. His battery was dead and our son-in-law happened to have jumper cables. Jumping the van was a success and he proceeded on his trip.

bk, Lodge 791, Monaca, Pa - Monday, April 26, 2010 at 2:19 PM

I volunteer as a Motorcycle Marshal for the Houston – Austin MS150 which has 13,000 cyclist. Our main goal is the safety of the cyclist during the 2 day 180 mile ride. We also assist with bike repair. I carry several types of inner tubes and an air pump to help. We have HAM radios on our motorcycle in which we can call for medical assistance which is on standby for the event. Before the MS150 we assist with 19 other rides which lead up the main event.

RBK, Lodge 509, Pleasant Hill, PA - Monday, April 26, 2010 at 1:57 PM

I installed a storm door for a neighbor who was not able to install it himself.

LD, Lodge 487, Philadelphia - Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Members of the 24th District joined forces to pitch in at the annual Spring cleanup at Presque Isle State Park at Erie, PA from 9 a.m. to noon. An area of the Park was assigned to the group where cigarette butts, discarded cans, paper and plastic waste or anything else littering the park was picked up. The event was held in connection with the United Way of Erie County's 14th annual Day of Caring. Lunch was provided at noon.

RNF, Lodge 392, Erie, PA - Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 4:54 PM

I have been doing yard work, (grass cutting and scrub triming), for my elderly neighbors for the past couple of years, during the winter months I also shovel and snow blow there driveways. A house is for sale in the neighborhood with the grass getting out of hand, I mowed the lawn and cleaned up the front and rear of the house for the owner who doesnt live there.

GCL, Lodge 625, Collingdale, pa - Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:47 AM

LaMonte Lodge No 568 was a drop off point the the Scouting for Food program sponsored by Boy "Scouts of America. Members were encouraged to bring canned goods to the stated meeting and in place of the customary monetary donation at Fellowship Breakfast on Saturday April 17 to bring canned goods.

FDG, Lodge 0568, Derry/PA - Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 7:28 AM

J.W.F. is a volunteer fireman and is dedicated to community service as all volunteer firemen are, which we have many in our lodge

jf, Lodge 332, plymouth/pa - Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Gave a neighbor, who recently lost his wife, a ham on roll sandwich for his lunch.

ccs, Lodge 307, robesonia/PA - Monday, April 19, 2010 at 10:48 AM

My wife and I walk most every afternoon. Our path often takes us near the local high school baseball fields. The fields are close to a wooded area and balls often go foul and into the woods. We alter our normal walking route to travel through the woods and pick up the errant balls and return them to the baseball teams. It saves them from having to purchase more balls, and they are really appreciative. We are both baseball fans and watch the games often. The coaches know us; that I'm a Mason with commendable character; and are not surprised by our act of kindness.

TNM, Lodge 625, Aston, PA - Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Concord Lodge performed there spring highway cleanup with 19 Brothern coming out to make there community cleaner

WJS, Lodge 625, Concordville,Pa - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Hi, I am a true fan of freemasonary but I do not have access to any lodge at my country. Anyway, what I did recently is, I am raising funds to prepare a workshop to produce some consumer and ornament products by empoying very poor women with children (but with dead husband or in jail husband, etc.)I have prepared the place but still working on funds. Also I am working on a project to produce biodegradable products and environmentally friendly products again by employing widows of who are donated their lives in Iran-Iraq war, etc. God bless you brothers and I wish to be a freemason some day.

P, Lodge N/A, Tehran/Iran - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 4:09 AM

On Saturday, April 10th, when driving to WM recycle collection center in Hilltown Twp., I was driving behind a Ford pick-up that had non-operating break lights. Arriving at the center I brought this to the attention of the driver, and mentioned the possibilty of drivers following him might be on their cell phones and be oblivious that his vehicle was slowing down or stopped.

jdl, Lodge 596, Souderton, PA - Monday, April 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM

On Tuesday, March 30th, So that neighbors would not have to drive over them, and possibly damage the undercarriages of their cars, I removed tree branches that had fallen onto Hilltop Rd. Salford Twp.

jdl, Lodge 596, Souderton, PA - Monday, April 12, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Late March of 2010, the wife of a 58 year member called and left a message in tears. Her husband's health was taking a turn for the worse, and she is unable to take care of him and wanted to get him in the Masonic Homes. I called one of my more expirienced members who told me whom I need to contact for assistance. I called the contact who was extreemly helpful, and was able to help the wife of the member. Ironically, I was present for the member's 50 year presentation in his home in 2003 (Granted the award was due to him in 2002) when I was WM of the Lodge. The member was in ill health even then and was confined to his house.

PHB, Lodge 0009, Philadelphia, PA - Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 12:03 AM

2/17/2010 During the big snow at 10 PM when the snow was tapering, I assisted my neighbor's son in clearing his mother's driveway with my snow plower. He was using a shovel. There was at least 3 foot of snow on the driveway.

PHB, Lodge 0009, Philadelphia, PA - Friday, April 09, 2010 at 11:53 PM

I helped a women carry bags from the store to her car and made sure she had a safe exit out of the parking lot

sm, Lodge 600, philadelphia/pa - Wednesday, April 07, 2010 at 2:38 PM

During the month of February when we received all the snow, I helped my neighbor out by sholving her sidewalks when the snow got too deep and heavy for her.

rdg, Lodge 540, Butler, PA - Wednesday, April 07, 2010 at 12:51 PM

I volunteer as a coach for a youth basketball team at a local school. The league was in desperate need of coaches and since I have experience in the sport, I was glad to assist.

S.C., Lodge 237, Richeyville - Tuesday, April 06, 2010 at 11:09 PM

I mowed a lawn for my son. They just adopted. I baby sat for my son all day so they could go to work.

DEW, Lodge 587and, Manheim Pa - Tuesday, April 06, 2010 at 7:07 AM

This afternoon while grocery shopping, an elderly gentleman with poor vision asked for some assistance in selecting the right products as he could not read the prices or the smaller labels. A few minutes can mean a lot!

JM, Lodge 476, Lancaster - Monday, April 05, 2010 at 8:32 PM

I helped a neighbor do some plumbing repairs,including providing the parts needed for repairs, then helped him turn on his gas and water at his seasonal dwelling.

jns, Lodge 620, Norristown, PA>< - Friday, April 02, 2010 at 10:49 PM

On 25 and 29 March I built two coat racks and installed same for the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association.

WH, Lodge 338, Brooklyn, Pa - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 1:42 PM

I am a volunteer fire fighter and responded to 19 calls in the month of march. I bought breakfast for a co worker and explained that I am A mason and it is part of my duty to share with others.

LGS, Lodge 75, exton,Pa - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Each month, a breakfast is held at the lodge and all proceeds always benefit a local community need, such as help for a local burn victim, or help with expenses for a family who has a child in a hospital suffering from an illness. We just recently provided support for a young man who was working towards his Boy Scout Eagle project, and provided much needed funding assistance for two area community food banks.

RLB, Lodge 515, Osceola Mills, Pa. - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 12:29 PM

After unpacking our groceries yesterday, my wife and I discovered that we inadvertently pick up the bag of the customers in front of us. We called the store and returned the bag. The store gave us $5 worth of coupons which shows that works of kindness are sometimes rewarded.

HR, Lodge 271, Marlton, NJ - Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 11:27 AM

We are having our first annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser to support Autism Speaks this Saturday, March 27, 2010. The seatings available are 4-5:30pm and 6-7:30pm. The event is being held at Lehigh Lodge #326 on Rt. 100 in Macungie. Hope to see you there! $7 for adults, $5 for children 10 & under, Free for children 2 & under. Dinner Includes all you can eat Spaghetti (we have gluten free pasta), Meatballs, Salad, Bread, & Beverage. Bake sale table will be set up for Dessert There will be 50/50 Raffle, Door prizes, Chinese Auction, Basket Raffle

JTF, Lodge 561, Macungie, PA - Friday, March 26, 2010 at 10:57 AM

During snowstorms I take the widow of a Brother M.M.to work, she dislikes driving in any kind of snow.

RRR, Lodge 226, Lebanon, PA - Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 3:24 PM

I served refreshments to outdoor workers in the neighborhood for their coffee break.

jns, Lodge # 620, Collegeville, PA., - Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Each year I donate a week of my time to travel and take kids from our youth group and other surrounding churchs and travel to West Virginia and help rebuild homes of low income families. Meet a lot of interesting people who have nothing but love for these kids

ajd, Lodge 405, honeybrookpa - Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 6:58 AM

I volunteer as a Boy Scout leader. I am out almost 3 or 4 nights a week, helping young men. I collect money for Ride for Life, to benefit MDA

EBC, Lodge 405, Lancaster, Pa - Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 12:20 AM

While a brother M M was in the hospital and re-hab for (5) weeks in Feb. & March, another M M, my wife and I shoveled snow from his driveway and had to clear a path for the oil co to deliver oil.

jns, Lodge 620, Norristown, PA - Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 5:57 PM

On Monday, March 22nd, 11:00 am, at the Landis supermarket in Telfor.A woman with three young children had just finished loading the children and groceries into her van. It was raining heavily and she was about to push the large automobile shaped shopping cart back to the storefront sidewalk. I took the cart back to the store so she wouldn't have to leave her children unattened in the van.

JDL, Lodge 596, Souderton, PA - Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 9:30 AM

On Thursday, March 18th, at the Septa R5 Lansdale train station, 8:19 am train to Philadelphia, a woman on the train platform was struggling with three pieces of luggage. I lifted the luggage onto train for her and took them to the luggage rack at the front of he car. She was not flying Southwest therefore I couldn't say it was "So on!".

JDL, Lod ge 596, Souderton, PA - Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 9:18 AM

In a parking lot I was approached by a woman who said that she was in a bit of a jam, and couldn't find a pay phone to call her family for help. I offered her the use of my cell phone, but she was still unable to reach anyone at her home. After talking to her for a while, I learned that she left the house in a hurry to pick up her son, and neglected to bring her purse. She was now a few miles from home and nearly out of gas, and with no money to buy more. I didn't hesitate to give this complete stranger gas money for her and her son to get back home.

BB, Lodge 561, Allentown, PA - Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Owning a small business which has a truck and a plow lends itself easily to preform random acts of kindness (especially when we get dumped on), I have over several years helped our Boro plow streets and alleys when they get behind or like this last year, overwhelmed. Every snow fall, I volunterily plow the roads in our local cemetery and clean the fire house lots. Just receintly, at my church, I saw that their plow guy had ripped up sod and pushed the parking blocks ascew, I replaced sod and blocks and the church lot looked great. We all do good deeds and seldom get thanked, but we all know how good it feels to do them. THANK YOU!

SRH, Lodge 486, Hummelstown, PA - Monday, March 22, 2010 at 12:11 PM

I communicate with a 91 year old Past Master living in Texas to keep him informed about our Lodge

JRE, Lodge 405, New Holland, PA - Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 10:04 PM

At an outdoor memorial service on Saturday, I noticed a middle aged woman in high heels having a frightening time walking down a steep incline from her car to the location of the service. I ran to her side, (more like walked quickly) took her arm and helped her to walk the 50 yards or so to the tent that was set up for the service. She told me she was so frightened that she almost turned around and went back to her car. After the service I drove her in my car back up the hill right to her car. I felt very much a mason at that time.

lrb, Lodge 273, Ardmore, PA - Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Living in the house on the corner in our community, I get to use my snow blower until the tank runs dry; having a great number of elderly neigbors between another Brother that lives next to me, we have a good times cleaning sidewalks and driveways. We think we have more fun in the winter time than summers warm days.

RRM, Lodge 499, West WYOMING, PA - Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 7:37 PM

The Junior Warden was called to the home of a widow to fix her ceiling fan. Fortunely he arrived when he did; the fan had not been properly installed. The J.W. had also repaired her outside railing prior to last winter.

rrm, Lodge 499, west wyoming, pa - Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 7:22 PM

During the recent heavy snowstorms, it was plain that my elderly neighbors were unable to keep up with the persistent need to clear their walksways, steps and porch. Whenever I went out to deal with my own shoveling, I took care of them as well.

JCS, Lodge 545, Norristown, PA - Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 9:39 AM

While driving down the road near my house during our big snow storm in Feb. I observed a woman walking down her driveway and she fell onto her back because of all the slippery snow. I immediately pulled onto the side of the road to see if she was OK and helped her to her feet. Fortuantely she did not hit her head when she fell.

BT, Lodge 716, Pittsburgh, PA - Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 12:04 PM

serving homeless people food at local church

jp, Lodge 332, plymouth/pa - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 4:34 PM

tutoring youngsters twice monthly at YMCA

sb, Lodge 332, kingston/pa - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 4:33 PM

75.00 to support plymouth little league

jr, Lodge 332, plymouth/pa - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 4:29 PM

During the recent snow storms of February 2010, I cleared my neighbors driveways of snow so she would be able to get in and out. Her husband is currently serving in Iraq.

SS, Lodge 518, Greensburg, PA - Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 8:15 AM

I donated and installed 1GB of memory into my churches 128MB computer so they could stop pulling out their hair waiting for things to happen...Simple way to make alot of people happy real fast.

WM, Lodge 600, Philadelphia

Me and a new Entered Apprentice Brother at Tacony 600 help serve the hungry breakfast and hand out food to families every Third Tuesday Morning at St John's Lutheran Church on Tyson ave and Sackett Sts. in Philadelphia.

WM, Lodge 600, Philadelphia , PA - Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 2:40 PM

I was called at the end of the day by a woman who was now at her neighbors house and had previously come to the food cupboard at my church. she had forgotten her identification and her keys at her residence miles from the church and walked with bandaged feet and a walker to get food, she walked back home only to find her door locked when she got there. I picked her locks and got her in her apartment(I am a locksmith),took her back to the church so she could show her i.d. to get food just before the cupboard closed, then took her back home. Feels good to help ALWAYS

wfhWM, Lodge 600, Philadelphia,PA - Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I rescued a young mother on her way home from work as a nurse, she was stuck in a snow drift. The road was declared as impassible and conditions getting worse. I drove her back to my house with my family. Had her spend the night, we notified the state police that her vehicle was on the road being covered by the drifting snow. The next day I drove her to her vehicle, the state had heavy equipment removing snow near the location. I used my truck to pull her out and she made it home to her family safe.

DGW, Lodge 551, Mt. Joy pa - Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Myself and several of the Brethren from Big Spring Lodge No. 361 work each month at the Big Spring Area Food Bank.

REL, Lodge 361, Newville PA - Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 12:58 PM

An elderly woman had her number skipped at the deli and was getting agitated by it. The truth is that she just couldn't hear as they called it. I calmed her down and asked the deli worker who was in the process of filling my order to kindly wait on her instead.

PJR, Lodge 799, Pittsburgh, PA - Friday, March 12, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Removed a number of graffiti tags throughout the Borough of Mechanicsburg

JMS, Lodge 681, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I have an 83 year old Widow, who still drives, down the road from me. I make sure that she is always plowed out after a winter storm.

WAH, Lodge 338, New Milford, Pennsylvania - Tuesday, March 09, 2010 at 12:15 PM

This weekend I facilitated getting a persons heating system repaired who at this time cannot afford it. This was among many things I did as a good person. I did not ask for recognition nor did mention that I was a Freemason. This conduct is not only correct but what one would expect from a Brother and need not be advertised nor applauded.

JAM, Lodge 490, Altoona, PA - Monday, March 08, 2010 at 8:33 PM

It is not a once in a while thing it is daily. There is the volunteer fire dept., volunteer for the township's emergency managment, and EMS agencies.

RMD, Lodge 657, - Monday, March 08, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Saucon Lodge No. 469 There have been a lot of people losing their jobs and it is hard to find a new one. I helped a friend and former associate of mine get a job by connecting him with another friend who needed someone with his skills. I also asked him to join his local lodge and I think he will.

rdb, Lodge 469, Coopersburg, PA - Monday, March 08, 2010 at 3:25 PM

I have been a volunteer tutor for the Bradford/Wyoming County Literacy Program for at least 10 years.

NC, Lodge 70, Athens PA. - Monday, March 08, 2010 at 12:18 PM

When shopping for a Lodge event I used the guys shopper card behind me in line. I gave him 300 fuel points.

JAS, Lodge 657, pgh pa - Sunday, March 07, 2010 at 12:20 PM

I have been shoveling the sidewalk of an elderly couple across the street for the last 3 years.

JAT, Lodge 547, Youngsville, PA - Saturday, March 06, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Gave a refrigerator and Washing Machine to a family in need.

GBS, Lodge 790, Cochranton PA 16314 - Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 9:53 AM

At 9 PM, after 3 days of snow storms, I helped the neighbor across the street by snow blowing her driveway and walk. She was hand shoveling! It took an hour's time, she was able to get her car off the street, and her husband didn't get home until the next day.

SS, Lodge 301, Clarks Summit, Pa. - Tuesday, March 02, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Pulaski Lodge took canned food contributions and donated them to a local food pantry sponsored by a local church

BT, Lodge 216, Pottsville, Pa - Monday, March 01, 2010 at 11:11 AM

On Feb 22 a neighbor had a water leak. The cold water valve for her washing machine burst while turning it off. I replaced valve at no charge.

LD, Lodge 487, Philadelphia,Pa - Monday, March 01, 2010 at 12:21 AM

Myself and three other Brothers who plow the snow from our snall lodge parking lot also plow the drive of our neighbor.

RD, Lodge 338, New Milford, Pa. - Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Took care of snow blowing and shoveling for 4 neighbors after the snow storm Thursday 02/25/2010.

MD, Lodge 338, Hallstead, Pennsylvania - Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Call me old fashioned, but I was brought up to hold a door open for anyone when I can. I do that wherever I am, a store, church, sporting event, etc. The reactions I get are usually a look of surprise that someone still does that for others. That's just the way I was brought up, to be kind to others whenever you can.

dal, Lodge 265, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 - Monday, February 22, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Washington Lodge No. 265, Bloomsburg, sponsors along with the Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis a bloodmobile every February and this year will be using it as a Masonic Blood Club fundraiser with proceeds going to the Masonic Charities and Homes.

dal, Lodge 265, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 - Monday, February 22, 2010 at 6:40 PM

While having coffee with another brother in a coffee shop, an elderly woman who was waiting for a bus asked if either one of us would be heading toward her residence when we left, So I gave her a ride home.

DLH, Lodge 269, Pittsburgh Pa - Monday, February 22, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Our Junior Warden informed our Lodge of a local family in need of some help. The Father had just lost his job, the Mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and they have a child with Downsyndrum. We put a basket out at our February Stated Meeting to collect money for a gift card to a local Grocery Store and collected $150.00 and than matched it from our Charity Fund.

WB, Lodge 417, Coatesville, Pa. - Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 4:32 PM

This is something I have done personally for years. While waiting for my gas tank to fill, I will take a look at the car on the other side of the pump. If there is someone elderly, or just have very dirty windows on their car, I will offer to clean them for them.

NJL, Lodge 406, Reading - Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Mentoring a Neighbors son (16). He wants to be an engineer but has no idea what type or what is required. I have a business assoc in Goddard (NASA) who will show him the different types of engineers needed to build a spy satellite. Hopefully this will inspire him

MSA, Lodge 406, Tilden Township, PA - Friday, February 19, 2010 at 8:54 PM

After 10 Years of Foster Parenting 50+ Children with Berks County Childrens and Youth, February 22, 2010 we leaving the program. Our last act will be to Adopt Jenna on February 22, 2010. Our 2 year old Downs Syndrome Child Many brothers of Vaux Lodge have helped and supported the foster care program of Berks County.

MSA, Lodge 406, Tilden Township, PA - Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Muncy Lodge is sponsoring a food drive. All goods collected will be donated to the local Sun Light House for distribution to local needy families. This is a lodge wide project.

gaf, Lodge 299, Muncy, PA - Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Brothers (ALS) and (RLP) put on a spaghetti supper for a local group of young adults at a local church.

gaf, Lodge 299, Muncy,Pa - Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Muncy Lodge No. 299 was proud to sponsor a bloodmobile drive at the Lodge on January 20th, 2010. There were 12 Brothers there to help set up, work during the visit and tear down afterwards.

gaf, Lodge 299, Muncy, Pa - Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Myself and another Brother helped a woman start her car after she had a dead battery. A simple act, but one we all do when needed...

RB, Lodge 518, Hunker - Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 8:02 AM

I've been an active member of the volunteer fire service for over 20 years.

CBS, Lodge 308, Conshohocken PA - Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 7:51 AM

Mom taught me that it is better to give than recieve. Having received two pints of blood during a hospital stay as a teenager, I resolved to return the favor once I became eligible to donate. Over the course of the last 25 years, I've donated whole blood and platelets (pheresis) over 160 times.

CBS, Lodge 308, Conshohocken PA - Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 7:49 AM

During the two big snowstorms, I cleared the sidewalks along my road for 1/4 mile and cleared at least 10 driveways along the way. Several neighbors offered money, but I refused, saying "That's what neighbors do."

CBS, Lodge 308, Conshohocken PA - Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 7:43 AM

A Brother has recently had a fairly serious medical procedure done. I ensure that snow is removed from the sidewalk and porch of the residence to allow caregivers access.

JAL, Lodge 268, Bellefonte PA - Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 5:29 PM

At the December Stated Meeting of Lodge #582, it was revealed that one of our Brothers and his Wife had lost their jobs and had been unemployed for six months or more. The Charity Committee awarded a generous monetary donation to the said Brother and his wife. A visiting Brother, John McCombs,J.W., from Lodge #375, was inspired by this generosity and a short time later inquired to me if the Brother was still unemployed and if so, he too wanted to help them. He, in turn, delivered to them a generous cash donation from his personal resources along with a turkey. This Masonic Random Act of Kindness reflects the goodness of the fraternity.

TEB, Lodge 582, West Mifflin, Pa. 15122 - Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 3:22 PM

I have been shoveling sidewalks in front of several Businesses in St. Marys everytime it snows just to make it easier for shoppers to get around early in the morning.

CFP, Lodge 639, St. Marys PA - Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Portage and Juniata Lodge held a Blood Drive at the Hollidaysburg Masonic Hall on January 18, 2010. The event was well supported and we had a good turn out of donors.

JAW, Lodge 282, Hollidaysburg, PA - Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11:37 AM

I teach computers, primarily to senior citizens, but to anyone who who wants to learn. It is a community service job under the Senior Community Service Program of the Department of Labor. I recycle, rebuild and refurbish computers for those who need one, who can't afford to buy one and for families with children who need one. Some computers are donated to me, some I have rescued from curb-side trash, and some I have purchased at community "thrift" stores. I have probably given away several hundred computers since I first started.

HEB, Lodge 427/222, Pottsville, PA - Monday, February 08, 2010 at 11:58 AM


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