For almost two centuries our family has been involved in charitable work and service to our community, based on the legacy posed down to us by Biddy Mason. Grandma Biddy had a saying — “ If you hold your hand closed nothing good can come in, the open hand is blessed, for it gives in abundance even as it receives.” This belief would become our family Moto, our words to live by. Because of her work and philanthropy, each generation of our family has kept her legacy alive in a multitude of ways. But her life’s philosophy was our family’s inspiration to start The Biddy Mason Foundation® that honors Grandma Biddy today.
Because Grandma Biddy was a medical pioneer, the Foundation participates in annual medical missions across the world. We partner with Dr. Kenneth Westfield with the Gift of Sight, Las Vegas. Each year we travel to Haiti and see 700-900 patients and complete approximately 100 surgeries. Our next mission is scheduled to take place in June and July of 2022 and we will be traveling to Zimbabwe and Kenya.
To honor her contributions to education, we donate hundreds of backpacks (over 500) filled with school supplies to homeless children’s programs and food banks across the country. We also donate backpacks filled with food and shoes to children and adults in need around the world. We have partnered with multiple organizations and local schools. To honor the church Grandma Biddy founded, we participate in church programs that provide programing for the underprivileged (Food drives, toy dives, tutoring programs, foster care work, etc.).
Grandma Biddy lived without judgment and was always willing to help anyone in need. As a result, we proudly partner with non-profits in and out of state to support programs that offer services to those transitioning from rehabilitation centers, prisons, and other institutional settings.
We are especially grateful for the work we do in Downtown Los Angeles, where Grandma Biddy served her community. We have helped to provide thanksgiving meals, school supplies and food.
Please contact Cheryl Cox, President, for more information and how you can help.
Image of Cheryl Cox in Haiti, February, 2020.