Appeal for Relief — Our brothers in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico
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Forwarded by WB Walt Clapp, Grand Secretary:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: SIMON R. LAPLACE, 301-476-7330
The devastation that two hurricanes caused in Puerto Rico, particularly Hurricane Maria, is, by now, well known. With 95% of the island without electricity or communication, and 50% without drinking water, it will take months to recover, but they are in need of help now.
As Masons across the country have contributed so much to MSA for Texas and Florida, we must again ask the greater Masonic community to try their best to do more.
When remitting by check, please mark clearly that you wish the funds to go to the Puerto Rico Disaster Appeal.
The entire Gulf Coast of Texas was deluged with high winds and rain from Hurricane Harvey, setting records for rainfall from any single storm anywhere in the continental United States. Extensive building and property damage, electrical outages, unhealthy conditions caused by flooding, and widespread disruption of normal living conditions has occurred.
The Grand Lodge of Texas has requested this Disaster Appeal, to assist their many brethren who have been injured or who have received extensive damage to their homes from Hurricane Harvey.
When remitting by check, please mark clearly that you wish the funds to go to the Texas Disaster Appeal.
Hurricane Irma hit Florida with the “longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide,” according to National Public Radio. More than 60% of the state was without power. Widespread flooding, depleted grocery shelves, and damage from high winds have made life miserable for many.
The Grand Lodge of Florida has requested this Disaster Appeal to care for the many brethren who live in Florida, and have been impacted by the storm. While the damage is still being assessed, the certainty of many months of recovery is expected.
When remitting by check, please mark clearly that you wish the funds to go to the Florida Disaster Appeal.
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Masonic Service Association of North America
Please forward any donations you feel appropriate to help our devastated Brothers and their families 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.
MSA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible. 100% of the proceeds will be directed to the Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico disasters.
Simon R. LaPlace, PGM, Executive Secretary
3905 National Drive, STE 280
Burtonsville, MD 20866