140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Masons to donate cash to Redding family hit by fire

By Ryan Sabalow
Saturday, November 3, 2007

The All-You-Can-Stand Community Breakfast will be held at Western Star  Masonic Lodge No. 2, 15344 Highway 299 West in Shasta from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
The fixings

The menu features pancakes, eggs and sausage; or biscuits and gravy with coffee or juice. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Proceeds from a local service organization’s monthly breakfast next Saturday will go toward helping a family who nearly died in an apartment fire.

John Bell, a member of the Western Star Masonic Lodge No. 2 in Shasta, said the proceeds from next Saturday’s “All-You-Can-Stand-Breakfast” will be donated to Jennifer Shaw, 33, and her daughter, Hanna Sheffield, 8.

On the morning of Sept. 24, the mother and daughter awoke to find their Eureka Way apartment on fire. They both suffered second- and third-degree burns and were rushed to Sacramento area hospitals.

Both since have been released from the hospital and are recovering. But they’re struggling to find a new place to live and replace all that was lost in the fire.

Bell said the Masons thought the victims’ story was compelling and wanted to help, and since Hanna was treated at the Shriners Hospital for Children, it was particularly appealing for the Masons, many of whom also are Shriners.

Bell said a similar fundraiser last year netted nearly $1,700. The proceeds went to buy prepaid phone cards for soldiers fighting overseas.

Reporter Ryan Sabalow can be reached at rsabalow@redding.com.

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