Lodge opens doors for community event

Dec. 18, 2012 @ 05:36 PM

A special group of boys and girls received a gift with a dose of extra kindness.
The Thomasville Masonic Lodge #214 opened its doors for a Toys for Tots gift distribution event Saturday. The lodge partnered with the Young Marines of Davidson County and Toys for Tots to bring Christmas to more than 150 families in the area.
“The Young Marines usually do something for Toys for Tots every year and we volunteered our lodge as the distribution center,” said Jonathan Thomas, lodge member. “We had six Young Marines, ages 9 to 11, and they helped take the gifts out to the families. The families thought this was a wonderful idea and were grateful.”
What made this event even more special is that this is possibly the first time that the lodge has opened its door to benefit the community, according to Thomas.
“This was the first time in the lodge’s 153-year history that it has ever worked with a non-Masonic charity to do something of this scale,” Thomas said. “The lodge was on board with it and we had several members come out to help us with the distribution.”
Thomas said that this will not be last time the lodge opens its door to the community.
“We are intending on doing this regularly,” Thomas said. “We plan on allowing them to use our facility and next year we plan on having more businesses participate to make the event more special.”
Other agencies that participated include the Eastern Star Denton and Lexington chapter, Rich Fork Baptist, Lowe’s corporate, Food Lion and the Barbecue Shack.
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