Members of Doncaster & District Installed Masters Association (D&DIMA) finished the year by raising £1,500 in just ten days to buy gifts for underprivileged children through its ‘A Toy for Christmas’ appeal.
Toys purchased through the festive scheme were distributed via the Trussell Trust foodbanks, whose referral/vetting procedures ensured the presents went to where they were most needed.
Chris Wheeler, Association chairman, said: “I’d like to thank all those Masons who contributed financially to ensure that a good number of children across the Doncaster District, who were not guaranteed to get a Christmas present, received at least one.
“Charity is at the heart of Freemasonry, and this is clearly evident here, in Doncaster, at what has been a very difficult year for many people. “I’m very proud to be a Freemason, and even prouder of our contribution to the Doncaster community where our members live and work.”
The D&DIMA is made up of Masters and Past Masters from St George’s Lodge, Don Valley Lodge, Danecastre Lodge, Hall Cross Lodge, Rockingham Lodge, St Nicholas Lodge, Bawtry Lodge, Stonegate Lodge, De Mauley Lodge, Boothferry Lodge, Forget Me Not Lodge, West Riding Fairways Lodge, Gothic Lodge and Aire & Calder Lodge.