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Scottish Rite Masons provide food, funds

The Inter-Mountain photos by Edgar Kelley Members of the Tygarts Valley Scottish Rite Masons deliver food and supplies to the Randolph County Homeless Shelter this week. Rich Kittle, left, carries cases of food into the facility along with Bob Arbogast and Steve Williams. The organization donated $800 worth of items to be used at the facility.

ELKINS — The Tygarts Valley Scottish Rite Masons did their part on “GivingTuesday” by making donations at both the West Virginia Children’s Home and the Randolph County Homeless Shelter this week.

The organization makes annual donations each year during the holiday season, with part of the funding usually comes from benefit pancake breakfasts they offer throughout the year. But with COVID-19 rearing its ugly head in 2020, the Masons were unable to have any pancake feeds, so a majority of the funds were raised by club members selling giveaway tickets.

“Our members really stepped up to the challenge and pushed our fundraiser giveaway tickets this year,” said Tygarts Valley Scottish Rite Masons President Bob Arbogast. “I cannot thank our members and their families enough for all the hard work they put forth in order to raise the funds and push our ticket sales over the top. They are truly an amazing group.”

The organization’s first stop of the day was at the Children’s Home, where they presented a $750 check to WVCH Director Chedella Ware. Those funds will be used to purchase Christmas gifts or clothing for residents at the home.

The Mason’s second stop was at the Homeless Shelter, where they dropped off $800 worth of food and supplies.

Tygarts Valley Scottish Rite Masons President Bob Arbogast presents a check to West Virginia Children’s Home Director Chedella Ware this week at the WVCH. Other Masons on hand include, back row from left, Rich Kittle, Jerry Pastine, Steve Williams, Bill Kable and Steve Wiseman. All of the members taking part are 32nd Degree Masons.

“It really feels good when we can help those that don’t have enough, or in some cases anything at all,” said Arbogast. “The items we dropped off at the Homeless Shelter will help provide a lot of things they need. And as far as the kids at the Children’s Home goes, we just wanted to make sure they have a good Christmas.”

Arbogast also wanted to thank the many area businesses who donated and discounted prices for items purchased.

The organization already has its giveaway prizes set for next year and tickets will be on sale soon. First prize will be a Savage-Axis XP 350 Legend bolt action rifle.

Second prize will be an Amish jelly cupboard, and third a $200 Exxon Mobil gas card.

To find out how to purchase tickets for next year or for information about the organization, call Arbogast at 304-642-3761.

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