Blackjack United Masons give back

Members of the Blackjack United Masonic Lodge 41 recently set up a lunch tent on South Congress Street to feed those in the Winnsboro community who are homeless. From left, Celess Banks, Sylvester Jackson, Worshipful Master Oren Gadson, Robert Hughes, Ray Gadson (who, with his wife, Elaine, prepared the food), Cornell Hopkins ,Patrick Armstrong and Willie Pinson (special deputy of District 6, not shown) are ready to serve. | Barbara Ball

WINNSBORO – Every year, the members of the Blackjack United Masons look for a way to give back to their community.

“In the Masons, that’s what we’re supposed to do, to feed the homeless and the hungry, as many as we can. This is one way we look forward to serving,” The Lodge’s Worshipful Master Oren Gadson, a Corporal with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department, said. Sometime every year during the spring or early summer, they feed about 100 people. And so they did again in early May.

This year, the lunch, prepared by Ray Gadson and his wife, Elaine, included baked chicken, yellow rice, green beans, rolls, lemon and chocolate cakes and ice tea.

The members meet at 7:30 p.m., the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Lodge, located at 1206 State Highway 213.

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