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Masons give seniors an early Merry Christmas

December 19, 2006

Albany--  A group of young men showed some South Georgia seniors that they aren't forgotten at Christmastime. With some smiles and a good helping of love, the holidays seem a little brighter.  

Lots of good food on the table leads to lots of chatter among residents of Hudson Malone Towers.

"I've been talking about them young men back there," said Jessie Mae Davis. Young men leaving the work world and dishing out plates of ham, turkey and macaroni and cheese.  It's all for the benefit of  77-year-old Jessie Mae Davis and others.

"It's such an honor to me plus I love people," said Davis. The people of Pride of Albany 360 Masonic Lodge make it their duty every year.

"As a mason, we do different projects and different projects are designated throughout the year," said Junior Warden Antonio Qualls.

This year, they decided to bring joy to a room full of smiling senior citizens. For the masons, it's no trouble at all. "It's fulfilling during this season. Some people just need the help and it says as a mason and men that we're doing something that the community enjoys to see us do," said Qualls.

"I'm very thankful because I'm not able to cook and do like I used to could do so I'm very thankful that somebody thinks of us," said Davis.

It's an early gift for Davis and her friends. "Everyday is Christmas for me because everyday you praise the Lord and thank Him, it's Christmas," said Davis.

That means today she thanks Him and her new mason friends.

The dinner was given in conjunction with The Albany Housing Authority.

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