"SECRET SANTA"
COLUMBIAN LODGE # 7 IS PROUD TO SPONSOR THE "SECRET SANTA" PROJECT. THIS PROJECT IS SIMPLE, RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE & REWARDING TO EVERYONE IN YOUR LODGE (OR OTHER MASONIC BODY) & YOUR FAMILIES. BELOW IS AN EASY WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THE PROJECT, BUT YOUR GROUP CAN CHANGE IT ANY WAY YOU WANT, AS LONG AS IT WORKS!    

(1) FIRST, FORM A "SECRET SANTA" COMMITTEE;

(2) NEXT, VOTE TO ALLOW YOUR COMMITTEE TO SPEND WHATEVER AMOUNT THE LODGE (OR OTHER MASONIC BODY) FEELS IT CAN AFFORD (A DEDICATED FUND-RAISER IS A GREAT WAY TO AFFORD IT) ON THIS COMMUNITY PROJECT & HAVE THE FUNDS READY BY THANKSGIVING;

(3) HAVE THE COMMITTEE OR ONE OF ITS MEMBERS MEET WITH ONE (OR MORE) OF YOUR COMMUNITY'S PASTORS (OR YOU MAY WRITE SEVERAL OF THE SAME, SAMPLE LETTER & FORM AVAILABLE BY EMAILING THIS WEB- PAGE) AND EXPLAIN THAT YOUR MASONIC LODGE OR MASONIC BODY WISHES TO SECRETLY HELP 1 OR MORE (IF YOU CAN) FAMILIES WITH A CHILD OR CHILDREN THIS CHRISTMAS, TELLING THE PASTOR THAT HE (OR HIS CHURCH) ALONE IS TO PICK OUT SUCH A FAMILY (OR FAMILIES) IN OR NEAR YOUR TOWN THAT NEED(S) SUCH HELP. YOU NEED THE PASTOR TO GIVE YOU THE ADDRESS, THE FIRST NAMES OF THE MOTHER AND/OR FATHER, THE CHILD OR CHILDREN, THEIR AGES, CLOTHING SIZES AND ANY SPECIAL THING THE CHILD OR CHILDREN WOULD REALLY LIKE, BUT PROBABLY NOT RECEIVE FROM THEIR FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS (BARBIE, GI JOE, ETC.).

(4) HAVE THE COMMITTEE MAKE THE APPROPRIATE PURCHASES, WRAP THE PRESENTS,  ADDRESS NAME TAGS TO THE CHILD/CHILDREN, MOTHER/ FATHER BY FIRST NAME; PUT THE PRESENTS (INCLUDING HOLIDAY FOOD IF YOU CAN [SOME LOCAL STORES MAY DONATE SOME]) IN A BOX/BOXES AND (WITH THEIR FAMILIES) MEET AT THE LODGE (OR BODY'S MEETING PLACE) ON CHRISTMAS EVE AT ABOUT 6 P.M. FOR COFFEE AND CAKE;

(5) THEN, AS IT IS GETTING DARK, HAVE THE "SECRET SANTA" COMMITTEE (AND/OR THE WHOLE LODGE & THEIR FAMILIES) GO TO THE RESIDENCE(S) OF THE FAMILY(IES) THAT HAS(HAVE) BEEN CHOSEN & HAVE ONLY ONE OR TWO GO TO THE DOOR QUIETLY WITH THE BOX(ES), PUT THEM NEAR THE FRONT DOOR , KNOCK ON THE DOOR & QUIETLY BACK AWAY. HAVE ANY OTHERS FROM THE LODGE/GROUP ACROSS THE STREET PREPARED TO LEAVE AS SOON AS THE FAMILY COMES TO THE DOOR & SEES THE BOX(ES). YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT THE GOOD FEELING THE LOOKS & VOICES OF SURPRISE & PLEASURE OF THE RECEIPIENTS WILL BRING TO YOUR MEMBERS AND FAMILIES (ESPECIALLY THE LODGE FAMILIES' CHILDREN). IT WILL ALSO REMIND ALL OF YOUR GROUP WHAT CHRISTMAS IS REALLY ABOUT!

BE SURE THAT YOUR MEMBERS & THEIR FAMILIES UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE NEVER TO MENTION THE "PROJECT" OR WHO WAS VISITED BY "SECRET SANTA" TO ANYONE OUTSIDE THEIR FAMILY OR THE LODGE/ GROUP. THE ONLY ONE OUTSIDE THE LODGE/GROUP TO KNOW IS THE PASTOR OR HIS CHURCH COMMITTEE. YOUR LODGE/GROUP CAN DO THIS AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE YEAR (EASTER, THANKSGIVING, BIRTHDAYS FOR NEEDY CHILDREN, ETC.); BUT PLEASE ESPECIALLY REMEMBER  CHRISTMAS !

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, JUST EMAIL US.  THANKS.........AND


HAPPY SECRET SANTA !!!!!!!!!