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HURRICANE DISASTER RELIEF APPEAL

posted Oct 3, 2017, 12:44 PM by John Ferguson

Puerto Rico Hurricane Disaster Appeal

The devastation that two hurricanes caused in Puerto Rico, particularly Hurricane Maria, is by now well known. With 95% of the island without electricity or communication, and 50% without drinking water, it will take months to recover, but they are in need of help now.

Grand Master Raúl Rodríguez Quiles has contacted the Masonic Service Association of North America asking for help for the brethren of his jurisdiction by issuing a Disaster Relief Appeal.

As Masons across the country have contributed so much to MSA for Texas and Florida, we must again ask the greater Masonic community to try their best to do more. Every dollar sent to MSA will go the affected jurisdiction. Nothing will be deducted for administration, bookkeeping, thank you letters, or PayPal expenses. As with the two previous ongoing appeals, this third appeal for the Grand Lodge of Puerto Rico will help them aid and assist their distressed brothers, families, and lodges.

When you are asked, why? You can proudly answer, "Because that's what Masons do!"

Donations can be made online at Puerto Rico Hurricane Disaster Appeal

Florida Hurricane Disaster Appeal

Hurricane Irma hit Florida with the “longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide,” according to National Public Radio. More than 60% of the state was without power. Widespread flooding, depleted grocery shelves, and damage from high winds has made life miserable for many.

The Grand Lodge of Florida has requested this Disaster Appeal to care for the many brethren who live in Florida, and have been impacted by the storm. While the damage is still being assessed, the certainty of many months of recovery is expected.

Donations can be made online at Florida Disaster Appeal. When remitting by check, please mark clearly that you wish the funds to go to the Florida Disaster Appeal.

Please forward any donations you feel appropriate to help our devastated Brothers and their families to MSA. Please make checks payable to MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to 3905 National Drive, STE 280, Burtonsville, MD 20866.

All donations received by MSA and designated for Florida will be collected and forwarded to that jurisdiction. Thank you for your concern.

MSA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Texas Hurricane Disaster Appeal

Any donations received by MSA and designated for Texas will be collected and forwarded to that jurisdiction. Thank you for your concern.

We were asked if any of your donation to a disaster appeal is deducted by MSA for administrative expense, say 10%, and the answer is "No." All expenses, charges by PayPal, bookkeeping, or cost of thank you letters, everything, is absorbed by MSA in its operating budget. The entire gross donation will be sent to the affected jurisdiction. That's the way it's always been, and that's the way it will continue.

Please forward any donations you feel appropriate to help our devastated Brothers and their families in these stricken jurisdictions to MSA

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