The organizations which make up the Family of Freemasonry support or contribute to many, many charities. Throughout the United States, Masons contribute in excess of $2,000,000 per DAY to a great variety of charities. This charitable support is sometimes visible and at other times not so. The many members of the family of Freemasonry are proud to contribute to and support these charities.
The charities the Blue Lodges (The foundation of Freemasonry) support may vary from year to year & have included:
By virtual of its members involvement throughout the various other organizations within the body of Freemasonry, the below listed organizations are supported as well.
The hospital was established in 1921 when a group of Texas Masons approached Dallas' first orthopedic surgeon Dr. W. B. Carrell about caring for children with polio regardless of the family's ability to pay. With the introduction of the Salk and Sabin vaccines in the mid-1950s, which virtually eradicated polio in the Western Hemisphere, TSRHC broadened its focus to other orthopedic conditions.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions. We strive to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs, training physicians from around the world.
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas recognized that many of our Brethren desire to spend the golden years of life with friends in peaceful, comfortable surroundings. The Texas Masonic Retirement Center of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, also known as the Home for Aged Masons, was created to fill this need. Our major challenge has been to provide for continuity of meaningful life experiences for the senior citizen. The Retirement Center is owned and operated by the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, and has been providing quality care to senior members of the Texas Masonic Fraternity since 1911. The Retirement Center is situated in the heart of Arlington, on a 100-acre tract of land. Located at 1501 West Division, the Texas Masonic Retirement Center can be easily accessed from Highway 360, Interstate 30 or Lancaster Avenue (old Highway 80).
The Masonic Service Association of North America (MSANA) was formed in 1919 to provide services to its member Grand Lodges that they would find difficult to provide for themselves. Thus the national voice that the MSA has is dedicated to Service to the Masonic community.
The primary functions and activities of the MSANA are:
The program helps cover the costs of dental treatment, including hospital and anesthesia costs when needed, for children with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy (and related neuromuscular disorders), Organ Transplant recipients or those with Mental Retardation.
The Knights Templar Eye Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 charity sponsored by and is the principal charity of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America. It's mission is to provide assistance to those who face loss of sight due to the need for surgical treatment without regard to race, color, creed, age, sex, or national origin provided they are unable to pay or receive adequate assistance from current government agencies or similar sources, and to provide funds for research in curing diseases of the eye. To date, the KTEF has provided in excess of $100 million of assistance in surgeries and in excess of $10 million in pediatric research grant awards.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one–of–a–kind international health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and receive all care in a family–centered environment at no financial obligation to patients or families.
Masonic Children & Family Services of Texas (MCFS) provides for needy and qualified children, families, and widows by providing eligible applicants with information, referral, and/or funding for services.
National Masonic Foundation for Children Seeks to enhance the skills and linkages of existing human resources in the schools and their local community. The objective is early and effective intervention with students demonstrating patterns of behavior which could threaten their success at school and could be indicators of problems associated with internal or external abuse.
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