This account from Robert J. Bateman, 33°, Deputy for Pennsylvania, is featured in our newest Grand Almoner’s Fund publication and is part of a series for the Helping Hand Initiative highlighting the work of the Grand Almoner’s Fund. You can view the entire Almoner’s publication here.

The Spirit of Help Alive & Well

I recently had the privilege of reaching out to the widow of one of our Scottish Rite Brothers to inform her that she would be receiving assistance from the Grand Almoner’s Fund through the White Flower Society. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was unable to meet her face-to-face. But believe me when I tell you that this conversation was just as emotional and heartwarming as when I present the checks in person. The only things missing were the physical hugs and seeing each other’s tears. Even though we were unable to feel the embrace, we both gave each other a hug in our thoughts and shed tears over the phone.

She told me she did not know what else to do or where to turn for help, so she prayed to God, and God answered. I truly believe that in times of great danger, difficulty or distress, when you put your trust in God, He will give you an answer.

Maybe the Coronavirus has changed the way we do things, but it sure has not changed the spirit in the way we take care of our Scottish Rite family. Thank you for all who generously support the Almoner’s Fund. It truly will make a difference in this Masonic lady’s life.

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