On Monday, December 21, 2020, the brothers of Widow’s Son, along with Commissioner Salim Adofo, delivered over $350 in brand new winter coats for students in need at Anacostia High School in SE Washington, DC.

The Brother’s of Widow’s Son No 7 continued annual Thanksgiving support to our widows and the community. 

On November 21st, Brothers showed up in impressive numbers for the Paramount Baptist Church Turkey Distribution, loading vehicles and delivering dinners to homebound members.  

On November 24th, 10 Turkey Dinners were delivered to Rehoboth Baptist Church. Special thank you to all who supported both monetarily and physically. 

On June 5, 2020 Widow’s Son Lodge No. 7 assisted the MWPHGLDC and the MDPTA, with delivering a little over 250 food baskets to families living in local Maryland Cities. 

In attendance, WM Matthew Williams, SW Brian Brock, JW Brian Williams, Treasurer PM Donald Quarles, Secretary PM Charles Nelson, Bro. Napoleon Queen, Bro. George Harper, WM Jeanette Steward, and Past WM Vicky Wright-Smith.

Worshipful Master Matthew Williams, in collaboration with Martha Chapter #11’s Worthy Matron Jeanette Steward, continued to demonstrate dedication in supporting those impacted by this pandemic. On Thursday, May 28th, the brothers and sisters donated 1,100 masks + $200 to Children’s National Hospital of Washington. Children’s Donation Committee were in awe of the effort, as masks are very hard to obtain, even for a hospital.

The Brothers of Widow’s Son#7 remain resolute in practicing charity during this pandemic. On April 8th, we partnered with WM Melvin Claiborne and Fellowship Lodge #26 to distribute bags of sandwiches, fruits, chips, and water to those in need in the DC areas of McPherson Square, Franklin Square, and Union Station.

On Tuesday, May 5th, we continued our partnership with Breast Care for Washington, and donated a combined total of $1,000.

“Dear Widow’s Son,

We are just blown away! Thanks to you Giving Tuesday exceeded our wildest expectations.  With your help, Breast Care for Washington was able to raise over $17,000 in support of our mission to increase access to high quality breast imaging.  In these challenging times we expect to see an increase in uninsured women needing our services.  Now, thanks to your donation, we will be ready. 

Thank you for believing in us and thank you for supporting our mission.

With great appreciation from all of us at Breast Care for Washington – Beth, Regina, Amari, India, Pam, Emily, Liz, Donita, Takeesha, Sophia and Glenndaly”

Upcoming this Month – We are awaiting to receive shipment of 1,100 masks that will be donated to Children’s National Hospital of Washington, DC.

Breast Care for Washington (www.breastcaredc.org) is specifically designed to overcome current barriers that prevent low-income, medically underserved women from receiving high quality breast care. Located in the heart of Ward 8, Breast Care for Washington (BCW) is the first and only breast cancer screening facility east of the Anacostia River to offer 3D mammography. 3D mammography (also called breast tomosynthesis) is a new technology in the fight against breast cancer that allows doctors to examine your breast one layer at a time. 3D mammography uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices” –building what is essentially a 3D mammogram.

WM Matthew Williams and JW Brian Williams were introduced to BCW last year, by their Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Brother and Hampton University classmate, Keith Reed. Brother Reed (Sons of Solomon No. 166, MWUGL of Florida PHA), currently Hologic’s Senior Director of Sales Enablement, visited DC in 2019 to donate several ~$400k 3D Mammography machines to BCW and speak to Congress on the importance of proactive screenings within the African American community.

As a result of this networking connection, on February 28, the brothers of Widow’s Son #7 supported the Annual Ladies Night In 2020 – Mardi Gras. “Because Women’s Health Deserves a Party”, is designed to provide a fun, pampering atmosphere while promoting breast cancer awareness and screenings. Over 80 women attended to receive free massages, facials, eye lashes and make-up, screenings, and a host of other pampering services. The event was held at BCW’s HQ collocated with the Community of Hope’s Conway Health and Resource Center. Community of Hope also serves the Ward 8 community, providing medical, dental, and behavioral services, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. The wife of Widow’s Son’s SW Brian Brock, Dr. Shayla Graham-Brock, volunteered for many years at Community of Hope, providing family medical services to those in need.

This event and our new partnership with Breast Cancer of Washington demonstrates the power of networking, leveraging relationships to practice charity. Ritualistic work is great, but how we serve others that are unfamiliar and uninstructed in the terms of Worshipful Master or Junior Warden, is how Freemasonry lives and sheds its beneficent influence upon mankind.

Big thanks goes to the brothers who donated financially and to PM Melvin Williams for delivering food baskets to our widows this month! Brothers, lets continue to do our duty in making sure that we take care of our widows and orphans!

In the spirit of charity this Thanksgiving holiday, Widow’s Son Lodge No. 7 had the opportunity to provide 30 Turkey Baskets to needy families for the the US Dream Academy, assisted the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of DC provide meals for more than 300 DC Seniors, 8 Turkey Baskets to families at Rehoboth Baptist Church in SE DC, 8 Turkey Baskets to families at Bald Eagle Recreation Center in SE DC, and donated over 100 can goods along with helping the Dunn Foundation pass out Turkey Dinners to more than 500 families.

On November 19, 2019 Bro. Anthony Taylor and Bro. SurLawrence Sparks contributed 30 turkey baskets to the US Dream Academy families in need at Turner Elementary School at 3264 Stanton Road SE Washington DC 20020. These turkey baskets consisted of 1 Turkey, sweet potatoes, greens, potatoes, corn, green peas, mash potatoes, corn bread, cranberries, stuffing & bread rolls, peaches and mixed fruit.

The Dream Academy is helping our nation’s capital children reach for their dreams. Through academic, social, and values enrichment, we empower those children most at risk of incarceration to believe in themselves and to succeed.

The Dream Academy, assist children and their families living in high crime and high poverty communities, who may have a parent incarcerated. An absent parent, family instability, the stigma and shame of parental incarceration converges with poverty, crime and failing public schools to create a dangerous mix of risk factors that significantly increase a child’s chances of school failure and future incarceration. Without a Dream Academy and Mecca Temple #10 mentor intervention this cycle will continue.