The Brethren of Benjamin Franklin Lodge No. 83 donated toys, games, books. art supplies, and $100 in Target gift cards to the American Family Children’s Hospital for use by its patients. These items were collected from the Lodge’s members at the November stated meeting. Donating items for patient use has become a annual tradition for Benjamin Franklin Lodge.
These items were delivered to the American Family Children’s Hospital by Merrell Tomlin, our Lodge Almoner. Jeff Poltawsky, Senior Vice President of the Children’s Hospital was kind enough to accept our gifts and pause for a photo. The Almoner remains an active and important office in many Masonic Lodges. His duty is to oversee the needs of the Brethren within his Lodge, and to act as the primary contact for the Lodge’s charitable works, as well as to look after the welfare of the members, including visits to the sick, aged and infirm.
If you would like to make a gift to the children’s hospital, or would like to learn more about the items they want, more information is available here.