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Social WelfareMcPherson Lodge No. 172 Donates $2,500 to the McPherson Police Department

Kansas Masonic Foundation Supports Kansas Masonic Lodge With Blue Santa Donation

McPherson, Kansas (December 5, 2023)—The Kansas Masonic Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities, has partnered with McPherson Lodge No. 172 to donate $2,500 to the McPherson Police Department Blue Santa Program, a program that purchases gifts, clothes, and needed items for children and their families during the holiday season.

Founded in 1877, McPherson Lodge No. 172 is a Kansas Masonic Lodge dedicated to Freemasonry, the oldest surviving fraternal organization in the world. The lodge has 80 members and supports various local organizations and events, including providing college scholarships to local high school students, hosting cancer screening clinics through partnering with the KU Cancer Center, and sponsoring high school band students at the annual Shrine Bowl Summer All-State Marching Band competition. 

“Our Lodge has taken the Blue Santa Program on as a personal project to help the McPherson Police Department collect funds for the neediest of the families and children in the city,” said McPherson Lodge No. 172 Secretary Kelly Long. “Names are gathered by the school counselors, who are in the best position to convey who needs help this time of year.”

This year, the Brothers at McPherson Lodge No. 172 are continuing with their support of the McPherson Police Department Blue Santa Program by teaming up with the Kansas Masonic Foundation to donate $2,500 to the organization. Each year, local counselors in the school district assist the police department with deciding which items are needed most during the holiday season. The police department then uses the Blue Santa funding to purchase and distribute toys, clothing, food, bedding, cash, and more as needed for each family. The funds donated by the Brothers at McPherson Lodge No. 172, in collaboration with the Kansas Masonic Foundation, will help provide essentials to additional families this year. A formal donation presentation will take place at the lodge’s December meeting on Wednesday, December 6, 2023.

About the Kansas Masonic Foundation:
As the philanthropic arm of Kansas Masons, the Kansas Masonic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities and supporting fellow Masons and their families. Since its inception, the foundation has invested more than $50 million in Kansas communities and individuals through funding academic, scientific, and charitable endeavors. For additional information about the Kansas Masonic Foundation and to get involved, click here 

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