Last updated: December 04. 2013 12:42PM - 718 Views
Emily M. Hobbs Staff Writer

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Pancake breakfast organizers say there is a new tradition being cooked up just in time for Christmas. On Saturday, Dec. 14, from 7 until 11 a.m., — the day of the Christmas parade in Clinton — the Masons will be serving up pancakes and sausage to help raise money for a worthy cause.

Supporters say the event is sure to satisfy. The pancake plates will be $5, and offered as eat-in or carry-out.

The Masonic Lodge, which is located at 213 Fisher Drive near the Fisher Drive Park, will be site for the breakfast. Organizers are selling the plates to raise funds for the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford, a safe haven home for children coming from troubled homes and situations. Established in the 1870s, and one of the last five left in the United States, the Masonic Home for Children originally started as a home for boys.

“This is a place for anyone who needs a safe home,” said Dr. Dalton Mayo, who will be installed this weekend as N.C. next Grand Master.

He said that right now there are over 60 children staying in the home and the children there are of all ages. The home, which used to be called the Oxford Orphanage, has housed over 400 children at one point in its long life. With origins during the aftermath of the Civil War, the home has housed over 9,000 children over the course of time.

“We hope this pancake breakfast will become a tradition for families at Christmas,” said Mayo of the Clinton event. “This is our second year doing the breakfast.”

Mayo said that the Masonic Home for Children co-ordinates services with local Departments of Social Services and that the home provides living arrangements for children past graduation by fostering independence and integration into society by moving them forward through independent housing. The independent housing is an apartment style living arrangement that helps those that may have issues or disabilities continue on into college or community college. The home also works with families to provide transitional housing for temporary periods of three to six months as a need arises.

“Many of the children in the home have a mother, or parent,” said Mayo. He said that some of the children have come from households that are unstable and sometimes the families cannot take care of the children.

“When someone contacts the home, they immediately get right on it,” said Mayo. “All children who need a home are welcome, no matter what their background.” The home encourages family connections and wants to help keep families together as much as possible, keeping siblings together on the campus so that they don’t have to be separated.

The pancake breakfast starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and runs until 11 a.m. For more information please contact breakfast organizers Jerry Bradshaw at 910-990-5636 or Mike Bass at 910-385-5447.

Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122 or via email at ebrown@civitasmedia.com

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