Masonic relief for Puerto Rico requested

Brother Chris Hodapp reported on his Freemasons for dummies blog recently that the Grand Lodge of Puerto Rico has requested Masonic charity through the Masonic Service Association of North America.

Due to the severity of the two hurricanes which have recently hit the island all utilities including internet and telephone service have been knocked out making it difficult to communicate with people on the island.  which caused the delay in asking the MSA for the appeal.  Hodapp reported the Director of the MSA, Simon LaPlace, was finally able to contact Puerto Rico’s Grand Master Raúl Rodríguez Quiles through the jurisdiction’s Junior Grand Warden via Facebook.

Donations to Puerto Rico (Or Texas and Florida) can be made at this website.  If you prefer to send a paper check please send it to:

Masonic Service Association
3905 National Drive, Suite 280
Burtonsville, MD 20866

Make the check out to MSA Disaster Relief Fund In the memo and on the envelope please write Puerto Rico (Or Texas or Florida) to ensure the funds are sent to the correct appeal.

As Hodapp writes

The Masonic Service Association is arguably the best and most effective way to provide financial assistance to Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas Masons (or to any other jurisdictions that may also request these official Disaster Relief Appeals through MSA). MSA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. That is important to remember, especially if you, your company, or foundation are making a large donation and are in need of a tax deduction in return.

If your own Grand Lodge is conducting official fund raising, it is more than likely being done to forward it to the MSA fund for distribution. The charitable arm of the Masonic Service Association was specifically established by the North American grand lodges in the 1920s for the purpose of raising tax deductible donations, and to effectively distribute and account for the funds provided to Masons who receive assistance. Your entire donation will be sent to the affected jurisdiction. MSA deducts nothing for administrative expenses or expenses of any kind. Meaning if you donate $100.00, all $100.00 gets to Puerto Rico, Florida, or Texas Masons.