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Saturday, October 27, 2018

MSA Issues Disaster Appeal for Florida



2018 has been an especially destructive year in the United States for hurricanes. North and South Carolina both sustained heavy damage last month from Hurricane Florence. Then right on its heels, Hurricane Michael roared out of the Gulf and whacked Florida, completely obliterating several towns in the panhandle.

This morning, Simon LaPlace of the Masonic Service Association has announced that Grand Master John E. Karroum of the Grand Lodge of Florida has requested the MSA issue a Disaster Relief Appeal in consequence of Hurricane Michael and its massive destruction across the panhandle of Florida.

As always, Grand Lodge secretaries and lodges are encouraged to circulate this message.


APPEAL FOR RELIEF – FLORIDA
The Masonic Service Association of North America has received a request from the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Florida, MW John E. Karroum for MSA to issue a Disaster Relief Appeal.
"Hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10, 2018, and caused heavy destruction in its path. A week later the death toll is still rising... Clean up from the hurricane has begun and we have been receiving many phone calls requesting assistance. We have started to distribute monetary donations, but the balance in our Hurricane Fund is rapidly depleting."
As you know, the town of Mexico Beach is virtually destroyed. The cities of Panama City and Port St. Joe were among the hardest hit. People are living without utilities and in many cases without their homes. There is an immediate need for help. Kindly distribute this Appeal to as many as possible.
MSA deducts no part of your contribution to administrative expenses. All expenses, charges by PayPal, bookkeeping, or cost of acknowledgment letters, everything, is absorbed by MSA in its operating budget. Your entire gross donation is sent to the affected jurisdiction. That's the way it's always been, and that's the way it will continue.
Donations can be made online at www.msana.com.
Please forward any donations you feel appropriate to help in this stricken jurisdiction to MSA. Please make checks payable to MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to 3905 National Drive, STE 280, Burtonsville, MD 20866. When remitting by check, please clearly mark that you wish the funds to go to the Florida Disaster Appeal.
MSA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
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Finally, please bear in mind that the Disaster Appeals from Grand Lodges in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Guatemala are all still active, along with Florida at this time. 

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