LOCAL Freemason Freddie Samrai, and his wife Carol, organised a Christmas Shoebox Drive for the under privileged children of Torrevieja on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
With much support from other Lodges more than 170 boxes have now been donated. A private donation of a children’s car seat, booster seats, push chairs and various other children’s items was also made. The aim is to ensure that every child will have a gift to open on Christmas morning.
Freemason Communications Officer William Turney Said: “All of the other Lodges already support many other charitable causes but, they found it in their hearts to dig just a little deeper to help these children. The whole experience has left many of them very emotional, with the overwhelming generosity of so, so many kind people. Thank you all very much on behalf of the children of Torrevieja.”
The money from the Lodges was raised by holding raffles, theme events, BBQ’s and many other individual private events. They were kind enough to donate some of these monies to the drive. At this point everything went into overdrive and many people started to donate independently. All of these boxes were given to Alimentos Solidarios de Torrevieja who will give these out to the children on Christmas Day.
Mr Turney said: “Many thanks must be offered to the following Lodges and those who donated.
White River Lodge, Dame Elche Lodge and Old Tower Lodge.
Installed Masters Lodge, Torrevieja Chapter and Caledonia Lodge,
And donations were recieved from Salvador Artesano, Torrevieja
Christmas Shop, San Luis and many other anonymous donors.”
If you are interested in Freemasonry, please contact Mr Turney at: [email protected]