In July 2020 the Brothers of Blazing Star Lodge #694 F. & A. M. held a food, supply, and fund drive to help FISH of East Aurora and The Rural Outreach Center. The generosity of the community blossomed into a truckload of food for FISH and supplies for The ROC. While the Brothers did contribute to each the bulk of the donations came from the people of East Aurora and surrounding areas.
We received letters of appreciation from both and we wanted to share the handwritten portion of the letters of gratitude from each.
We plan on making the food and supply drives more often however, both can use everyone’s help all year. Please consider donating to FISH of East Aurora or The Rural Outreach Center anytime you have the means. Through your donations, they are able to help support families (your neighbors) in need. Sometimes we have to accept help and other times we are able to help yet we are always together.
Saturday, July 11, 2020, the Brothers of Blazing Star Lodge in East Aurora, New York held a food, supply, and fund drive to support local charities. All of the food collected went to FISH of East Aurora, all of the household/personal supplies collected went to The Rural Outreach Center, and all funds collected were split evenly between both. By the generosity of our community and our Brothers, we are happy to provide a large donation of food to FISH of East Aurora. While the donations of supplies for the ROC were not as impressive we are still happy to provide some much-needed items.
Special thanks to the Brothers who helped make this a success, to those who donated food, supplies, and/or money, and a VERY special thanks to our neighbors who made this drive a success. The generosity of our community is impressive. You all should be very proud of your contributions and know that it goes directly to those in need. Also, through the generosity of Pepperidge Farm and Welch’s, Brother of the Bread was able to donate several cases of Welch’s jelly and Pepperidge Farm bread to the drive.
The drive was not only a successful food, supply, and fundraising day, it also proved successful in being a part of the East Aurora community. We are all good neighbors in this unique town we call home. It is especially satisfying to know how much the community comes together to help in any way possible. Blazing Star Lodge can trace its history to 1817 when a group of local men wanted to make a positive impact in their community and the world. The meetings were held in a rented room in an area that was known as the “Kilsey Block”. The building which now stands on Main Street was built in 1907 and is now designated a historic landmark. Our roots in East Aurora run deep and we are dedicated to this community.
It was also a success by bringing our Brothers together after a long break due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are a tight-knit group that is always eager to meet, talk, joke around, and help each other anytime. We are made up of men of all professions; farmers, lawyers, educators, mechanics, machinists, engineers, electricians, jewelers, and many more but we are always equal. Sometimes a Brother drifts away from the Lodge for a variety of reasons but because they join us during these functions they can feel comfortable coming back to Lodge as if they never left.
Brothers are always welcome at Blazing Star Lodge and we are always willing to talk to new men who want to make a positive impact on their lives, families, communities, and the world. When you are ready to change the world, come talk to us or knock on our virtual door and contact us for more information.
On Saturday, July 11, 2020, from 9:00 am until Noon, the Brothers of Blazing Star Lodge are holding a drive up, no-touch food, supply, and fund drive to support FISH of East Aurora and The Rural Outreach Center.
Our longtime friends and neighbors at FISH of East Aurora are always in need of donations to supply their food pantry. Many families in the towns of Aurora, Elma, Marilla, Holland, and Wales rely on FISH to help them through difficult times. All food donations will help to restock their pantry to aid our neighbors who need it most.
At the same time we will also accept personal and household items for The Rural Outreach Center. The ROC not only provides food and items for those in need but instruction and coaching to “assist, empower, and elevate our Participants as they work toward self-sufficiency”. They are in need of most household and personal items but the top 10 are listed here.
Boxes of Tissues
Women’s Shaving Cream
Hair products: Brushes/ Combs, Bobby Pins/ Hair Ties
Jars of Baby Food
Both of our neighbors are doing excellent and much-needed work in our area. They always need our assistance and we hope we can make giving quick and easy for you. We will have cars pull in, we will accept your donations, and you can drive away. No need to even get out of your car. At the end of the food & supply drive, everything will be boxed for transport. All food donations will be delivered to FISH of East Aurora while all supplies will be delivered to The Rural Outreach Center. We hope that you can help us make this a success.
The Brothers Of The Bread already promised a donation of ten cases (120 jars) of Welch’s Jelly donated by Welch’s and about 100 loaves of bread (upon availability) donated by Pepperidge Farms. So it looks like we need some Peanut Butter! If you do not want to donate food or supplies, cash or checks are also welcome. We will split the monetary donations 50/50 between Fish and The ROC.
Come out and help support your neighbors in their time of need. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We hope to see you there.