ELYRIA — As is tradition, three local Masons came to The Chronicle-Telegram lobby Wednesday to donate to the Not-Forgotten Box toy drive.
William Ogg, Douglas Miller and Ed Scrivens of the Elyria York Rite Masons delivered about $500 worth of cash, food, and toys for the annual drive.
The donation is a continuation of about 12 years of annual donations the group has done for the Not-Forgotten Box. The organization has been giving to the charity for years because of the role of Free Masons.
“Our organization is founded on brotherly love, relief and truth and relief is part of it,” Miller said.
The trio delivered $200 in toys and nonperishable food and $300 in cash. The Masons held fundraising dinners to raise the cash and the three men shopped for the toys and food.
The three hope to continue donating to the Not-Forgotten box for as long as they can.
“As long as he and I are still beating around, we’ll do it, and if our group lets us do it,” Ogg said, gesturing to Miller.
The Chronicle-Telegram started the outreach effort in 1958. This year’s aim is collect 8,000 toys for children in Lorain County. The deadline for donations is Dec. 14, which allows the Salvation Army time to sort and distribute the new toys.
Toys, clothes, food and cash donations may be dropped off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in the lobby of The Chronicle-Telegram building at 225 East Ave. in Elyria. A special donation day will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, also in the lobby of The Chronicle.
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