Masons help Ironton kindergartners stay warm this winter

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 14, 2004

While the weather outside was anything but frightful Wednesday, the 118 students at West Ironton Kindergarten were ready to let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Thanks to the Lawrence Lodge 198 Free and Accepted Masons, all of the children will have new mittens and toboggans.

"There is nothing worse than a child not having the proper attire for winter," said T.J. Weber, senior warden at the lodge. "There is nothing worse than being cold."

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Weber said the Masons do what they can to prevent that from happening.

"We've got a couple of different fund-raisers we do every year," Weber said. "We have a scholarship fund and we have a food drive that we do. Right before winter, this is something we like to do to help out some of the kids that are less fortunate get prepared for winter."

All of the children seemed to appreciate the gesture as they made a game of picking out their favorite accessories.

"Oh yea! I got Spider-Man gloves, I got Spider-Man!" said 6-year-old Trevor Hacker. "I love Spider-Man."

Trevor decided on a burgundy toboggan.

"That's my favorite color!" he said while he waved the hat and gloves in the air.

Fellow classmate Mia Mize went for something a little different.

"These are my gloves," the 5-year-old said smiling shyly as she held up her new purple mittens.

The children all exclaimed, "We won! We won!" and then thanked Weber in unison.

For Weber, it truly is better to give than to receive.

"We really get a lot of joy out of it because it is our way of giving back to the community," he said.

West Ironton Secretary CharlaMasons help Ironton kindergartners stay warm this winter

Reedy said the Masons provided a great service to the school children explaining, "we can't thank them enough."

"We have kids here that have nothing," Reedy said. "There are kids who would have nothing to wear this winter if it weren't for them (the Masons) bringing the hats and gloves. It's just a great program."

Reedy said the Masons do more than just provide warmth. They also help to brighten the children's day.

"The kids all go around and show off their new hats and gloves. They love it," she said.