Masons of California, the largest fraternal organization in the world, recently donated $76,500 to the International Committee of the Red Cross to provide support and relief to Ukrainian citizens. The total includes donations from individual Masons across California, as well as contributions from lodges and the California Masonic Foundation.
This is the first time that three Masonic jurisdictions have come together to present a gift. Grand Master Jeffrey M. Wilkins of the Grand Lodge of California, Jean-Claude Zambelli, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of the George Washington Union Grand Lodge, and Grand Master David San Juan of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Masons of California, Inc. were present to hand over the check and share their commitment to humanitarian and charitable aid. Hanna Malak, Regional Director General, and Amy Currin, Director of Development, were present to receive the gift from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The International Committee of the Red Cross distributes relief items to displaced people, provides medicine and supplies to health facilities, restores water supplies to millions of people and engages in many other life-saving activities. This donation from the California Masons will be used specifically to provide this vital support to Ukrainian civilians as they continue their fight for freedom against Russian forces.
“Charity and relief are values dear to Freemasons everywhere, and as Masons we are committed to helping those in need in all communities,” said Jeffrey M. Wilkins, Grand Master of Masons of California. “This donation to the International Committee of the Red Cross will provide important service to the people of Ukraine in their darkest hour.”
Freemasonry is the largest fraternal organization in the world, guided by the enduring belief that everyone has a responsibility to make the world a better place.