MAKING MEMORIES – SOME OF THE GREATEST GIFTS OF THE SEASON

treeChristmas brings an incredible amount of blessings to our campus. Some come wrapped in paper or taken from the daily needs list. Others are found in gift cards used throughout the year. One of the greatest blessings comes as individuals and groups come to campus or host our children at their locations for events during the season. The gift of these people are not lost among the tremendous amount of charity experienced by MHCO this time of year, as memories made stay with our children throughout Christmas and the rest of their lives.

abatementA winter wonderland awaits as our friends at Abatement Restoration of Raleigh host the entire campus at their offices each Christmas. Decorated in lights and holiday displays, with video games (yes real ones like Ms. Pac Man!), Pinball, inflatables, and a mini-golf course and with booths for pictures, karaoke, bull riding, and face painting it truly is a place of fun and memories for our kids. Top it off with an endless buffet of food from local businesses in Raleigh and the children of our Home truly have the gift of a good time to remember this Christmas, thanks to Abatement Restoration, Chris Mitscherlich, President, and his staff and their families.

Visits to our campus include a Christmas Brunch, courtesy of the North Carolina Nurses Association, a tree trimming party thanks to BMI Insurance/Rodan and Fields and Robyn and Bill Boyd, and this year, Macy’s Christmas Parade participants and long-time MHCO supporters, the Holly Springs Dance Company.

dinnerThe highlight of our Christmas season at MHCO comes as over 400 friends, donors, staff, alumni, and families gather for the annual MHCO Christmas Dinner and Gift Party. Along with the Home’s Christmas Dinner comes the individual giving of several different friends, businesses, civic organizations, and individuals and their families. Taking the wishes of one cottagewendy these incredible supporters present presents following the meal and share in a night of joy, amazement, and memorable moments. Many have participated in this event from its inception and all define an incredible devotion to the power of helping a child at Christmas. We acknowledge these incredible groups and their organizers listed below for not only generous gifts, but the gift of their belief in our Home and in helping a child in our care for another Christmas.

giftsMr. & Mrs. Ronnie Pendergrass (2nd year)

Catholic Daughters of Durham – Brenda Spizzo (4th year)

UNC Surgical Services – Ms. Linea Van Pelt (1st year)

Martin & Jones, Attorneys at Law – Mrs. Allison Rogers (15th year)

 McGregor Enterprise – Mrs. Annette McGregor (11th year)

tiahhaNovella Clinical Inc. – Ms. Leslie Parks (11th year)

Oxford Orphanage Alumni Association – Mrs. Tina Gilreath (9th year)

Triangle Italian American Heritage Association – Mr. Lou Aiello (17th year)

UNC Emergency Room – Ms. Jillian Orolowski (6th year)

THANK YOU…FOR AN INCREDIBLE CHRISTMAS IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD

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As you and your family and friends gather to celebrate the holidays, we remember the generosity, kindness, charity, and hope of so many who gave generously and in so many different ways during this season. Their gifts brought joy, wishes fulfilled, and vital needs to the lives of children living at The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford during this Christmas and for the New Year ahead. Join us in recognizing the following for their contributions at Christmas and to the happy and lasting memories of a child at MHCO:

  • Ashe Lodge No. 594 & Mr. Mike Sawyer
  • Mr. & Mrs. Harold & Tina Johnson
  • Lowes of Henderson & Mr. Bobby Gibson
  • Katie Lee Currin Group – First Baptist Church of Creedmoor
  • BMI Medical Insurance Company & Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Robyn Boyd
  • Abatement Restoration – Mr. Chris Mitscherlich and Company
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Pendergrass
  • Mr. Larry Mason
  • Henderson Optimist Club & Mrs. Gene Ayscue
  • Ms. Sharon Spillane
  • Catholic Daughters of Durham & Mrs. Brenda Spizzo
  • UNC Surgical Services & Ms. Linea Van Pelt
  • Martin & Jones & Mrs. Allison Rogers
  • McGregor Enterprise & Mrs. Annette McGregor
  • Novella Clinical Inc. & Ms. Leslie Parks
  • Oxford Orphanage Alumni Association & Ms. Tina Gilreath
  • Triangle Italian American Heritage Association & Mr. Lou Aiello
  • UNC Emergency Room & Ms. Jillian Orlowski
  • Creedmoor Lodge No. 499 & Mr. Tommy Keith
  • Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Thompson, III
  • Mr. Eddie Ellis & Easy Eddie’s of Mooresville, NC
  • Mrs. Melissa Hogan
  • William T. Bain No. 231
  • Mrs. Kathy & Mr. Ed Johnson
  • Vandora Lodge No. 745
  • Mr. Bryant Webster
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mike Tracey
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Eureka Lodge No. 317
  • North Carolina Nurses Association & Mrs. Audrey Neal & Erica Saunders
  • Southern Pines Lodge No. 484
  • Mrs. Jane Burrill & Family
  • Mr. & Mrs. Randy & Joan Taylor
  • Crushers Baseball Team & Mrs. Niki Allen
  • Ms. Kathryn Pier
  • Buffalo Lodge No. 172
  • Friendship Lodge No. 763
  • Whitestone – Masonic & Eastern Star Community
  • Mr. Matt Harget
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dewey & Terrie Preslar, Jr.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Tommy & Jeanie Eller
  • Newell Lodge No. 739
  • Murphey’s Scooter Shed & Mr. & Mrs. John & Buffy Murphey
  • Lillington Lodge No. 302
  • Belmont Masonic Lodge No. 627
  • Ole Time BBQ Customers & Friends
  • Mr. Jerry Hart & Mr. Ben Hart
  • Wilbourne & Timber, Inc.
  • Christopher Gilliland
  • Ft. Bragg – Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop
  • Holly Springs School of Dance & Mrs. Marilyn Chapel
  • He is Alive Church of Concord, NC
  • Thomasville Lodge No. 214
  • DUMC 8300 Floor & Ms. Melissa Schwartz
  • Ms. Jessica Dixon
  • Mrs. Jillian Smith
  • Brock Fuller & the Fuller Family
  • Golden Corral Corporation
  • Ms. LaDona Strouse
  • Sylvia Saenger/Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
  • Orr Lodge No. 104
  • Mr. & Mrs. Kirby Matthews
  • Cary Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star No. 366
  • ARMA Chapter of NC & Ms. Debra Farris
  • James A. Johnson No. 413
  • Rho Inc. & Mrs. Julie Vick
  • Dean Morgan/Wells Fargo & Yoly & Hugo Garcia
  • CVS of Oxford, NC
  • Breakthrough Physical Therapy of Oxford, NC
  • Viavi & Mrs. Susan Whittaker
  • South Gate OES No. 177
  • Duke Respiratory Therapy & Ms. Carla Webb
  • Mrs. Jennifer Brandenburg and Family
  • Hooter’s of RTP
  • Granville Lodge No. 380/Franklinton No. 123
  • CVSSU with Duke Hospital & Ms. Catherine Fournier
  • St. Johns No. 4
  • Old North State Tea Society
  • The Neighborhood at The Preserve at Smith Creek & Mrs. Lori Dyer
  • Mrs. Nicole Clayton & Family
  • Mrs. Susan Bramwell and Family
  • Lisa Ellis and Company & Ms. Colleen Ellis
  • Mr. Dwight Pruitt
  • Jeffery McNeil
  • West Gate No. 738
  • Denver Lodge No. 757 & Mr. Gil Caldwell
  • Century Link Corporate of Wake Forest, NC
  • Carillon Assisted Living of Durham
  • Ms. Samira Collins

     We now look to 2016 and promise of a New Year and a new chance in the life of a child apart from their family – because of you.

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Sharing Your Joy With A Child This Christmas – Ways to Give at the Holidays

IMG_1576In giving many things for the care of the children of The Masonic Home for Children, offering the blessings of the holiday season to one who is apart from their family or experiencing their first Christmas with hope, stability, and security is one of the greatest gifts our supporters give during this special time of year.

Your help during the holidays can fulfill a Christmas Wish, provide a valuable need for success in life, or give to the overall mission of MHCO now and into 2016 and beyond. With your charity, support, and faith comes our commitment to make the most of every donation to help bring joy at Christmas, while acknowledging our givers and the true value of every gift for this Home.

With this mind and in honoring our donors and their importance in the lives of our children – at Christmas and every day a child needs our care – we ask for your consideration of these special ways to give to The Masonic Home for Children during this memorable time of year.


BECAUSE OF YOU, A CHILD CAN HAVE A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER. . .

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Christmas Wish List – 2015 Holiday Needs List

Gift Card Angel Tree – a gift card tree can provide for specific children, cottages, or for general use throughout the campus – all year long. Easy to purchase, they can be given in designated amounts, $1 to $1000, and most importantly, can be used by our children and our Home throughout! Visit our Needs List for a list of cards that can help our children.

Sponsor an Outing or Event for a Child at Christmas – One of the greatest gifts our children can receive is one that creates positive experiences and lasting memories. A simple trip to a restaurant, a day off of campus, the chance to enjoy something new or different – these are the opportunities that any child would desire and ones that are rare and cherished by our children. Apart from their families during the holidays, these opportunities last beyond the holidays in the minds and hearts of our children – AND YOU CAN MAKE THEM HAPPEN!

Contact MHCO and ask for Chris, Tina, or Jennifer at 1-888-505-4357 or email for more information or to schedule or sponsor an activity for the holidays or in the New Year!

Honor a Loved One with a Memorial GiftMake a donation to our PayPal account and memorialize someone you love! (Before you submit your gift, be sure to enter all the information we will need to notify the necessary persons. In the case of a memorial, we will need the family’s contact information. You will be able to enter that information on the very last page of your transaction…the text above the box will say “Enter info for MEMORIAL/HONORARY gifts.”)

Amazon-Smile-LogoShop on Amazon Smile this Christmas, Give to the Children of MHCO – Log on to smile.amazon.com, select The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford and you’ll find the exact same low prices, selection, and convenient shopping experience and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our Home and the care of our kids, just for shopping.

Out of Ideas this Christmas for the Person Who Has Everything . . .Give a Gift for the Care of Children at our Home in their Honor. By clicking below you can give a gift in honor of a loved one or friend, while supporting the life, care, and future of a child at MHCO. With your gift is a letter from our Home mailed to the recipient acknowledging your gift and your appreciation of that person and their place in your lives this holiday and through the year. (Before you submit your gift, be sure to enter all the information we will need to notify the necessary persons. For an honorarium, we will need the contact information for the person you are honoring. You will be able to enter that information on the very last page of your transaction…the text above the box will say “Enter info for MEMORIAL/HONORARY gifts.”)


HOLIDAY CALENDAR

Check throughout the holidays for activities and updates bringing joy and bringing friends to MHCO.

November 24 – Ashe Masonic Lodge 25th Annual Tree Delivery

November 25 – MHCO Annual Thanksgiving Lunch and Talent ShowChristmasLogo1

December 5 – Abatement Restoration Annual Christmas for the kids of MHCO

December 10 – MHCO Annual Christmas Dinner and Gift Party

December 12 – Orphans Lodge Stated Communication/Annual Christmas Lunch

North Carolina Nurses Association Christmas Brunch with the Kids

December 13 – MHCO Annual Christmas Candlelight Service