Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, the Webster Lodge #98 will be hosting a Chili, soup, and Gumbo dinner in an effort to raise money for the Parents as Teachers organization, allowing them to purchase products for those in need.
“We are a charitable group of men who believe in God, not particular of how you believe in God, just that you do,” Champ Herron, Webster Lodge #98 Member, said.
The Webster Lodge is one of the oldest Fraternal or sorties houses in Webster County. Located on Washington Street, the group of freemasons strive in raising money for those in need, The group has hosted their annual truck pull for 25 years and they have recently partnered with Strafford Lodge #608 to shift their charity into the Backpack Program.
“The backpack program is where they accept donations, there’s some government money and some different things to send a backpack of food home to these children for the weekend,” said Herron, “This may be a situation where a grandma may be raising three grandkids and the grandma is 80 years old and each of those kids coming home with a backpack full of food is their difference between making it or not. Some of this stuff you can start looking really into it and it will just tear your heart out.”
The upcoming event the freemasons are hosting will be from 11am- 2pm and the cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 5-12, and children under the age of 5 are free. This will allow access to food, a dessert, and a drink. The food being served will also all be donated. So, 100% of the profit will be used to purchases things for those in need. Herron’s son Kenneth will also be there collecting items for his Eagle Scout project.
“He is helping collect health related items for middle and high school aged kids for Troop 88. He is going to have a booth there where items can be donated,” stated Herron.
With the goal of $2000 to raise for the event by selling 400 meals and bring attention to the Parents as Teachers organization. Herron extends the invitation to all freemasons in the area and current members to come help with the event and to join their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month.