Masonic Lodges all over Texas are preparing to deliver dental kits to children. A few local chapters have joined in and are taking part in the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club sponsored by Masonic Home and School of Texas. All first graders at eight elementary schools in Seguin and New Braunfels will receive free prevent tooth decay kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club this month, according to a press release about the program. “Members of Guadalupe Masonic Lodge (Seguin), New Braunfels Masonic Lodge, and Kingsbury Masonic Lodge assembled and will deliver 739 kits to the schools.”
Master of the Guadalupe Masonic Lodge Kynan Barry said this is his chapter’s third year to participate and he looks forward to continuing the tradition. “It has been well received,” he said. “I wasn’t able to make it last year, but the guys that did said it was very well received. The kids were giving them hugs and telling them thank you.” The Masons are a charitable organization that focuses a lot of their efforts on children, Barry said.
“We try to funnel our money down to our youth,” he said. “Every year we raise money for scholarships for Seguin High School students and every year we give away at least two scholarships. Every year we host an annual fundraiser where we donate to the local children’s groups like the Boy Scouts, Little League, football programs. We support the Children’s Advocacy Center.”
The Fantastic Teeth Fan Club is just another way, Barry said. “We believe that there are children in this community that may not have their own toothbrush, something that some may take for granted,” he said. “They could be sharing one with their siblings. Good dental health is important for children. Tooth decay is the single most commonly chronic childhood disease, it is five times more common than asthma and nearly 12 times more children are likely to miss school due to a dental issue.”
On Monday members of the local organization gathered at the lodge on Kingsbury Street to prepare the kits which included a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, a sticker, a timer and educational tips for parents in both Spanish and English. The need for the kits and education continue to grow, Barry said. “Last year, the Masons handed out 53,000 kits to Texas children,” he said. “This year I’ve been told it is over 65,000 kits. It has also grown locally.”
(source: Felicia Frazar, http://seguingazette.com/news/article_35403164-9864-11e2-9c40-0019bb2963f4.html)