The Oklahoma Association of Area Agencies on Aging (O4A) gratefully accepted a gift of $736,671 on December 5th to support programs which help aging Oklahomans remain in their homes.

The agency has received nearly $8 million in support from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma over the last ten years, thanks to a generous bequest from Oklahoma Freemason Edgar M. Woody. Woody believed in the obligation to care for aged members of the community and bequeathed a $12 million endowed gift to the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma to support the aged.

Woody’s gift continues to generate support for O4A programs which provide a range of services including wheelchair ramps, meal delivery, small home repairs, and necessary dental, hearing, and eye care not provided by other government programs. Eleven O4A agencies provide services in multi-county regions throughout Oklahoma.

Thanks to partnerships with groups like O4A and the network of over 200 Masonic lodges in communities throughout the state, Masonic charity is able to impact Oklahomans from every walk of life at a rate of over $12,000 per day.

More information about O4A programs may be found at