Masons Lodge helps kids have a Merry Christmas
by Rachel Davis
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SUMITON – Friday night, more than a dozen people armed with Christmas lists invaded Sumiton Walmart. While that part isn't unusual this time of year, many of the shoppers didn't even know the person they were buying for. The shopping spree was for the East Walker Children’s Christmas Fund.

The giveaway is sponsored by the Maryland Lodge 783 of the Freemasons, located in Sipsey, although members hail from Sumiton, Dora and Sipsey.

To find needy children for the program, the lodge asks local schools to help them identify students in their area that need the assistance. Those students come from Sipsey, Sumiton and Dora as well.

This is the third year for the program. This year, the fund was able to purchase items for 44 area children.

“Every year we try to do a little more,” Ronnie Hick, who serves as the worshipful master of the lodge this year, said.

Those effort include fundraisers throughout the year, such as a turkey shoot, selling Boston butts and donuts and cake auctions, among other things.

They said they couldn’t have provided the items without the assistance of Sumiton Walmart and Green Top, who were the program’s biggest contributors.

Also, the Eastern Star ladies gave the lodge more than $1,000 in toy for the area’s children.

The clothes and toys will be distributed to the children this weekend.

Separate from the Christmas program, the lodge also participates in a show fund out of Birmingham through the Scottish Rite.

That program transports 22 children to York Temple in Birmingham for shoe fittings.

Sumiton Christian School donated the bus and fuel to transport the children to Birmingham for the shoe fitting, and Dominos Pizza in Dora donated pizzas to feed the kids on the trip.