Guilded Christmas: Santa stops by Free Mason club

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You’d think Santa was a member of the toy-makers’ guild.

The clandestine elf dropped by the Midwood Masonic Temple to have breakfast with 100 lucky families on Dec. 20. The soft-hearted elf spread cheer at the stone-workers’ E. 64th Street guild hall, according to one parent.

“The kids met Santa and everyone was happy,” said Flatbush mom Efeshar Pierre, who brought her daughters Jahnine, 1, Natalie, 7, and Cemiah, 8.

The Midwood Free Mason club circulated fliers for the event amongst Kings County’s social and community service providers to ensure that families in need got an opportunity to dine at the benefit breakfast with Kris Kringle.

The Freemasons are a fraternal organization that traces its rots to medieval craft guilds. Now, 11 Freemason lodges meet at the Midwood temple to host various community service projects, according to member David McDowell.

The kids and their folks filled their bellies with eggs, pancakes, French toast, and home fries at the Dec. 20 party — then they got to take a seat on the fullest belly of all, Santa’s. After sharing their Christmas wishes with St. Nick, the old man gave each boy and girl a gift. Pierre kids got packages too, but they don’t get to open them until Christmas, the mom said.

“They have to wait,” she said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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