SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS GIVING TOYS TO KIDS FROM ALL OVER THE CITY (PHOTOS BY ASHLEY WOODSON)
by Ashley G. Woodson, For New Pittsburgh Courier
In 2005, The Most Worshipful Hiram Grand Lodge Masonic Organization A.F. & A.M., in partnership with Omega Grand Chapter The Order of the Eastern Star State of Pennsylvania, saw a growing need to serve the less fortunate in the community by feeding people from all communities and having a toy drive for the children from all communities every Christmas.
And on Dec. 18, people came together for the Annual Toy Drive, held at the Grand Lodge on Centre Avenue in the Hill District. Hundreds of people from all parts of the Pittsburgh area brought their children to the drive to receive a toy for Christmas. Some children were fortunate enough to receive two toys to put under the Christmas tree.
Deputy Grand Master Roosevelt J. Russell Jr. and Second Lady Sister Barbara Russell were Santa and Mrs. Claus for the kids.
Co-founder Grand Master Alan C. Duncan Sr. told the New Pittsburgh Courier that this event is all about helping one another and pleasing God.
Grand Master Xavier R. Harmon said: “This means being able to give back to those less fortunate, sharing my blessings and knowing God continues to bless me.”
WORTHY MATRON SISTER MARQUICE WOODSON AND GRAND MASTER XAVIER R. HARMON SR.
SANTA CLAUS ASKING ONE OF THE CHILDREN WHAT THEY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS…
TOYS DONATED FROM ORGANIZATIONS AND PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE CITY (PHOTOS BY ASHLEY WOODSON)
SECOND LADY SISTER BARBARA RUSSELL (MRS. CLAUS)—ALSO PICTURED ARE DEPUTY GRAND MASTER ROOSEVELT J. RUSSELL JR. (SANTA CLAUS) AND WORTHY MATRON SISTER MARQUICE WOODSON HAVING A BLAST AT THE TOY DRIVE.
GRAND WARDEN BROTHER DAVID DIXON SR. AND FIANCE ALEXANDRIA WHO HELPED WITH THE “FREE STORE.”
GRAND MASTER XAVIER R. HARMON SR., GRAND MASTER DAVID A. PATRICK II, MOTORCYCLE CLUB BUFFALO SOLDIER BLAINE FRANK.