Make MHCO a Part of Your “Giving Tuesday”

Different Ways to Give on This Day, Throughout the Holidays, Highlight How You Can Help a Child at our Home

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Whether shopping on-line, giving through your employer, or making a valuable donation, there are so many ways to take this giving Tuesday to give to the lives and care of children at MHCO. Following the busiest shopping days of the year and getting those holiday deals, you can provide your own special giving opportunity for a child at MHCO. And the ways are easy, on-line, and available now and throughout the holiday season.

#GivingTuesday is a movement, built by people around the world, to celebrate giving of all kinds. It is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), Black Friday and Cyber Monday; this year it falls on November 29, 2016. This movement is the result of the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits large and small; businesses and corporations; schools and universities; civic campaigns in cities, states and regions; and families and individuals—to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and contribute in countless ways to the causes they believe in. Everyone has something to give.   Take part in Giving Tuesday 2016 by supporting MHCO and its kids.  You can visit www.givingtuesday.org/ for more information on this year’s event.

Check out some of the ways you can give to the children of NC first’ Home for children this #GivingTuesday!

  • If you are Shopping on Amazon this holiday, choose to shop through Amazon Smile. A portion of your purchase will go to MHCO when chosen and will not impact your shopping purchase cost or shipping. https://smile.amazon.com/
  • Make a matching gift to MHCO through your employer. Throughout the year many businesses join their employees in donating to MHCO through their corporate matching gift program. Want to know if your employer matches your giving, contact MHCO or your employer’s HR department and make a gift prior to the end of 2016.
  • Honor a loved one this Christmas with an honorary gift. Take this holiday and the chance to give to the care of a child to remember the impact and importance of one dear to you. Visit https://my.simplegive.com/g3/, our on-line giving page and choose to enter information for an honorary donation. Notification of your gift will be sent by MHCO to that person, sharing your support of a child and your appreciation for that person. Call MHCO’s Financial Development Department for more information.
  • Look for holiday promotions as several businesses who support us throughout the year offer special opportunities for their customers to give to MHCO. Currently TenPlus Systems of Raleigh has included MHCO in their holiday sales event, while the Launching Pad Trampoline Park of Raleigh is offering a Jolly Jump in December, with proceeds benefitting MHCO when visiting the park. Visit our Facebook page throughout the holidays to find out more about these and other businesses finding wonderful ways to sever their customers and support MHCO during the holidays!

GSK Orange Day brings service, care, and support to the Home, Children of MHCO

img_5173When the sun rose over The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford on November 8, 2016, it was greeted by ten special new friends courtesy of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and their “Orange Day” of service.  Orange Day is an major annual initiative of GSK, allowing their employees a paid day of work all in the name of charity and on behalf of GSK and its employees.  With members from the Audit and Independent Monitoring Departments of GSK, Orange Day Coordinators Ella McGaughey and Scott Levy welcomed the team, introducing them to the staff of the Home they were working with on this day.

With a library to be moved, a gym to be painted, and craft cards for acknowledgement to beimg_5203 assembled, it was a full schedule.  As the team gathered on campus they shared not only their charitable work and time, but an interest in learning more about MHCO.

With trips to the museum, time with our staff, and the biggest activity of the day, activities and NC State Ice Cream with the kids, there were opportunities for fellowship, fun, and a chance to demonstrate just how much of an impact this Orange Day had at MHCO.  Not only on this day, but for days to come. 

orangeday_3With each trip to the gym, to the education department, or with the mailing of a thank you, we will remember Mrs. McGaughey and her team and their Orange Day at our Home.  We extend a special thanks to those who made the trip to our Home that are listed below and especially to Mrs. McGaughey (known as Mrs. Ella by some of our Eller girls) for taking this day, this opportunity, and this chance to give and sharing it with MHCO and our children.  The following pictures from the day capture only a brief moment of what was a tremendous amount of charity and care shared with the kids of MHCO!  Thanks GSK team members from Audit and Independent Monitoring Departments for a charitable, kind, and memorable first event!

Ella McGaughey, Scott Levy, Teri Petree, Blaine Fritz, Chuck White, Julie Blackwell, Katie Schottmiller, Ryan Lenz, Kristy Roberts-Ponce and Rick Conway

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E. Hunter-Longdon Fund for Campus Chapel Announced and Dedicated as Part of Homecoming 2016

  Living, Enduring Tribute Continues Decades of Charity for Children’s Home Through Major Gift Given by Mrs. Evelyn Hunter-Longdon, Inspired by Love and Example

 

Odsc_0493n October 9, 2016, as part of another Homecoming Celebration for the alumni and families of The Masonic Home for Children, formerly known and remembered as Oxford Orphanage, a historic announcement was made during Sunday Church Service. With the establishment of The E. Hunter-Longdon Chapel Fund at The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, Mrs. Evelyn Hunter-Longdon was honored for her gift funding the Home’s newest endowment for the support maintenance, improvement, spiritual development, and related items specific to the York Rite Chapel at MHCO, supporting the spiritual development of every resident who worships here, now and in perpetuity. With this generous fund, an annual distribution will be made, specific to the needs of the Home’s church and those who call on it for faith and support. Yet the story behind this gift is over four decades old, beginning with a cherished marriage and the past of a young man, raised at a similar home by the Masons of Pennsylvania.

That young man was Brother James Stanley Longdon, who began his support of The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford as early as 1970. With that first gift began a charitable relationship that has spanned over 40 years and continues today even since his passing in 1996. Brother Longdon’s relationship with Oxford started well before that first donation, at a Home much like MHCO. A resident of the Masonic Children’s Home of Pennsylvania Brother Stan spent the years 1917-1921 under the care of the Masons, following the death of his father and through the kind works of his mother. It was his mother, the first Worthy Matron of Pittsburgh, who with the Masons, lovingly placed her son at the Home in the early 1900s.dsc_0497

A fall as a young man while at the Home in Pennsylvania caused a serious injury to Brother Stan, almost leading to his death.   After a year at the hospital and under the care of the Masons, he left the institution to live with his grandmother, working during the day, attending college at night, and vowing to succeed so that he could one day care for those youth, like him, who needed a Home and a family. With his life and his success, he vowed to give back as a Mason and as a child of an orphanage.

Even after his passing he has done just that, through the life and love of his cherished wife, Mrs. Evelyn Hunter-Longdon. Mrs. Evelyn, as she is affectionate know throughout the Home, took the vows as the wife of Brother Stan in 1983. As his friend, partner, and wife, she stood as the heart and soul of Brother Stan’s life, as well as the one he passed his commitment of charity to.   During their 13 years together Mrs. Evelyn learned about Masonry, about charity, and how Brother Stan’s own life and success was shaped by the hands and hearts of men committed to a Home like the one in Oxford.

Mrs. Evelyn has remembered Stan’s passions for helping others, not only for the meaning and importance in his life, but for every child today who shall have a claim upon the purpose of this Home. With this in mind Mrs. Evelyn has continued the legacy of Brother Stan’s charity, both at the Home in Pennsylvania, and here, at your Home in Oxford. A record of their giving shows the establishment of the “Longdon Best Kept Cottage Fund” in 1971 and the Evelyn and Stanley Longdon Education Endowment at MHCO in 2006, an incredibly generous and perpetual gift that was given as a result of Brother Stanley naming this Home in his will. These and others given by both have come through a variety of individual gifts all the result of their heart, their charity, and Brother Stan’s path in life.

On this special day in October and with this latest gift for the Home, the children and families of MHCO, both past and present, gathered at church to recognize this cherished member of our Masonic Home family. With the comments of Oxford Orphanage alumnus and Chairman of the Board of Directors Dan Rice (68’) and to the applause of over 100 alumni and family members, Mrs. Evelyn Hunter-Longdon was honored as one touched by the compulsion and compassion of Masonry, so much so that it continues to compel her kindness for MHCO and its children. The fund given by Mrs. Evelyn is the largest in the history of the York Rite Chapel, since its construction in the 1950s.evelynlongdonevent_oct9_4

EVENT NOTICE – Master Plan Meet and Greet Invitation to you – From MHCO

The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford is building on the foundations of success. A master plan has been developed and includes options for service and program development. You are invited to the Cobb Center at MHCO on Friday 11/11/16 from 5pm-7pm for a meet and greet. Please join us to discuss possible plans, gather your feedback, and continue to build together for the betterment of our children.

Included with your invitation is a brochure outlining the proposed Master Plan at MHCO, for 2017 and beyond and a survey link, allowing you to provide feedback privately and confidentially regarding the Master Plan and your personal input. Please click here to access this survey and submit your feedback. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8TT8F6W

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We hope to see you there and appreciate your time and consideration regarding this important piece of our future – for our foundation and the lives of our children.

Kevin Otis – Administrator – The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford