Spring “Shedding” – Masons Cross Districts to Build for MHCO

    21stMasonic_DonationTrip_Movies_Shed_2 Adding it to the Home’s monthly Needs List, a new Garden Shed for the Children’s Community Garden seemed like a big project.  With great expense and the decision to build, buy, transport, or trade, the Home’s growing garden was in need, but could that need be fulfilled?  Within the past year this monumental need was made reality and not just through the efforts of one gift, one person, or one Lodge, but through the generosity, care, and commitment of many.  It seems fitting that during a year of emphasizing the foundation of the Home and the relationships of people, one building for our Children’s Garden proved to bring together the charity, work, and faith of many.

    LandscapeDay_keithshed_4 Starting in the spring of 2015, the Lodges of the 21st Masonic District made it their purpose to collect enough funds to purchase a kit to provide the Home with a Garden Shed.  On June 26, 2015, led by DDGM Frank Wanko of Southern Pines No. 484, members of the district delivered $1,280, collected from the Lodges of the District, given to purchase a shed for the campus.  With the money donated, the kit was delivered that summer.  Next was the task of assembly.

     With a generous donation from the local CertainTeed Plant located in Oxford, NC, shingles were donated to complete the parts needed to construct the shed in early 2016.  Left was the skill, knowledge, LandscapeDay_keithshed_3and “sweat equity” to bring the building together.  With the opportunity to gather on the Home’s annual Great Landscape, brethren from the Home’s own district, District 13, came to the campus, saw, hammer, and level in hand on March 19, 2016.  Assembling the group was Brother Tommy Keith of Creedmoor Lodge No. 499 and with his and the efforts of over twenty Masonic brethren in two weekends, the shed was completed for use this spring and for years to come, adding to the Children’s Garden a valuable and useful piece for the future.

     Shed_April2016_3The true value of this simple wooden shed – the gift of collaboration, Masonic Unity, and the benevolence that comes when many give together – all for the kids.  Watching these donors come together, each giving a cherished and useful gift, in so many ways demonstrates the true power of a donation, when given by many.  It is what has carried this Home for over 143 years.  Much like the principles of the Masonic Fraternity, these builders each gave of themselves and relied upon the strengths and generosity of every person, from collections to construction, all to Shed_April2016_6bring their offering for use at their Children’s Home.  This was truly a gift from many that will give to many, for years and years to come.


     We salute and thank all those who had a part in this project, which will stand to serve our campus, our children, and as a reminder to what can be truly be given when donors believe and come together based on that belief in helping a child.





Carthage Lodge No. 181

Laurinburg Lodge No. 305

Raeford Lodge No. 306

Southern Pines Lodge No. 484

Rockingham Lodge No. 495

Hamlet Lodge No. 532

Roman Eagle Lodge No. 550

Elise Lodge No. 555

Elberta Lodge No. 654



Oxford Lodge No. 122

Franklinton Lodge No. 123

Adoniram Lodge No. 149

Henderson Lodge No. 229

Youngsville Lodge No. 377

Granville Lodge No. 380

Henry F. Grainger Lodge No. 412

James A. Johnson Lodge No. 413

Creedmoor Lodge No. 499

John H. Mills Lodge No. 624

Orphans Lodge No. 761

Butner Lodge No. 697


Special thanks to CertainTeed of Oxford, NC for their generous donation towards this project.



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