Masons Still Collecting for Sandy Victims

The Naugatuck Salem Lodge No. 78 is asking for donations.


Freemasons from the Shepherd Salem Lodge No. 78 of Naugatuck are organizing a massive donation drive to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“We’re trying to step up and give back in any way we can,” said Dave Hughes, lodge master. “They have an immediate need, and we wish we could make deliveries tomorrow, but we need a little more time.”

The lodge, which was established in 1851 and is the largest fraternal organization in Naugatuck with close to 100 members, has a mission of giving back to the community and providing for people in need, said Hughes, owner of Rockwell Studio photography.

Since Monday, members have been collecting items (see list below) at Rockwell Studio, 191 Church St., Naugatuck, or at the Naugatuck Fire Department, 41 Maple St.

The freemasons are looking for donations as well as people to volunteer to help load trucks or possibly drive into the New York and New Jersey areas to drop off the donated items; the lodge is also looking for a box truck. Call Hughes at his studio during weekdays at 203.729.5959 for more information.

Two lodge officers and Naugatuck Police Department members, Lt. Brian Newman and Detective Chip Schofield, are asking local stores if they can set up outside of the stores to collect donations.

The lodge is also reaching out to churches and parishes for donations and will pick them up before they deliver them next Sunday, Nov. 11. And members will reach out to Masonic lodges in Staten Island, N.Y., to help them find locations to drop off the donations. 

The lodge is working out several details, such exactly where it will deliver items and how it will get fuel to come back to Connecticut.

The following is a list of items needed:

Bottled Water

Non-Perishable Foods

Baby products – Formula, diapers, wipes

Wet wipes/hand sanitizers

Personal hygiene

Toilet paper

Feminine products

Hand warmers





Paper products

Pet food

Generators- any size

Rosa C. Rebimbas November 04, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Count me in. Let me know where and what time to donate my time and I will look forward to dropping off items as well. Thank you for putting this together and to all of the volunteers!
Fred Scheithe November 04, 2012 at 07:29 PM
This is really a great idea and wonderful service to so many needy people. It would be kind if the group could also send some help to the many people on our own shores who have lost everything. A drive down through Milford and the surrounding areas and you will be amazed at the amount of destruction right in our own state as well.


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