reply to post by Revolution-2012
Shriner’s have been running free hospitals for children since 1922. When my cousin was in a Methodist hospital they charged full price even though
her family had no insurance and lived below poverty. The Shriner's took her on as a patient and charged her nothing. The Shriner's in her town even
helped raise the money to pay the Methodist hospital off.
My friend that is a general contractor and a Mason actually donated his company's time and money to help renovate an old hotel. So, what, you say.
That hotel was being renovated to provide long term assistance for homeless people. It is now a place where the homeless can set up a physical address
and live for up to nine months. During that time they can go out and find a job, take classes, get their G.E.D and improve their life. His company put
the electrical, plumbing, and drywall in free of charge. He did it because otherwise it wouldn't have been built. Thanks in part to his contribution
over three hundred homeless people have moved back in to normal society.
The difference between the Shriner's charity and the church's is usually pretty simple. The Shriner's usually shun the spot light. They don't give
with an ulterior motive. They give to help others and not to do PR for them selves. The Shriner's I know raised $20,000 dollars last year to help buy
band equipment for one of their local high schools. They raised nearly double that to pay for a child's heart surgery. They raised over $6,000 to buy
supplies for care packages that went out to US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They raised thousands for The March of Dimes, The Children's Miracle
Network, and the local food pantry. They also sent money and helped pay for doctors to provide medical car in Haiti.
As far as never seeing the Masons open their temple to the homeless goes; a lot of Mason's are church members. They work with in their church to
raise money and fund such projects. You would be surprised how many Masons are working in and with various non profit organizations, every day.
When my grand mother was sick with Alzheimer's and my dad was in the hospital a Shriner's wife made sure she was watched after. They fixed her
meals, sat with her, and helped her keep her accounts in order. When my father (who is in poor health) needs a ride to the next county for doctor's
appointments it is a Shriner that takes him, when I can't.
No one in my family is a Mason. Yet, the Shriner's organization and Shriner's as individuals have never refused to help any one in my family. I have
never seen them refuse to help their community when asked. I have never seen them turn away someone because they didn't agree with their teachings.
Are there bad Masons and Shriner's out there? With out a doubt. You have bad Christians, Muslims, Jews, or any other group. Corruption and greed can
Of course you probably will never believe any of this. If you do believe it you won't accept it. You'll just say "yeah but those *holes at the top
ruin it for everybody." Which, if you think about it is idiotic and close minded. That would be the same as condemning every American for the actions
of the executive and legislative branch. The few at the top hardly ever represent the population as a whole.