Wigan Freemasons are recognized for their generosity and have supported numerous community lead charities over the years. This year has been no different and even with the added pressure of ensuring that families have enough to eat at Christmas and into the New Year, the annual toy collection at Bryn Masonic Hall has continued to support those children whose families may find it difficult to provide the little extras at this expensive time.
For many years it has been the custom for members of lodges, chapters and other Masonic Orders at Bryn Masonic Hall, to bring new toys to the hall and leave them. It was Dave Edwards of Willows Lodge No. 5343 who initiated the collection over 10 years ago, when he arranged to provide toys for the Salvation Army to distribute.
That practice continued until Dave retired recently and passed the baton over to Phil and Christine, the stewards of Bryn Masonic Hall. Christine told said: “If it hadn’t for being in lockdown, we wouldn’t have had enough room to store all the food and toy contributions that we received.”
This year, with COVID-19 restrictions meaning less people could be involved, it was decided that as the hall was already working with The Brick, (a Wigan community charitable organization) that the toys could be distributed by them as well.
Christine added that it was a great effort from all the members who in spite of not being able to attend meetings at the hall when they would normally have dropped off their toys, made the effort to meet Phil and hand in their contribution to ensure that those children of the town, who might not have received a Christmas present, do in fact receive one.
By Ian K Dawson,
Wigan Group Publicity Officer.