HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Collection boxes for the Goodwill were placed outside Masonic Lodges across the Pioneer Valley.
Goodwill's retail stores are thriving during these tough economic times, but donations are on the decline. So the local Masonic Lodges decided to put out some boxes during their annual open house Saturday, to help out.
"This time of the season is cold as we know, and of course, the economy is not as it should be, and there are people in need in the community," said Robert O'Neil, master of the Mt. Tom Masonic Lodge.
Masonic Lodges have been around for centuries. They are a fraternity that volunteers around the community, promoting morality.