Several organizations have stemmed from their Shrine origins and continue to embrace a mission of philanthropy yet are not as well known, and The Order of Quetzalcoatl is one of them. The Order of Quetzalcoatl is the only fraternal order of American origin that follows the masonic principles of brotherhood, charity, and truth. One has to be a Mason and a Shriner to become a member and membership is by invitation only.

The Order maintains its high purpose of raising and donating funds to the Hospital Transportation Fund of Shriners Hospitals for Children. These funds are used to help pay for the transportation of the children and their parents to and from the Shrine hospitals. In addition, members of local teocallis and officers of the Supreme Q often visit the hospitals and engage in other fundraising activities to support the hospitals. The Order’s prime charity is the Transportation Fund of the Mexico City Shriner’s Hospital which is donated tens of thousands of dollars each year.

The Q Foundation for Kids® was founded by several members of the Order of Quetzalcoatl to be able to help and assist more children. This group determined they would be able to raise additional money to support children by becoming a 501(c)(3) organization. The Order of Quetzalcoatl has been assisting and helping children for years through their efforts, now this Foundation has opened up the doors to help even more. Today there are Q Foundations for Kids in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

The Q Foundation for Kids®’s purpose is to perpetuate the financial support and expand the funding provided by the Order of Quetzalcoatl and others to enable and assist children in achieving care through the Shriners Hospitals for Children system, including, but not limited to, the transportation, temporary housing, meal and sundry expenses of patients and accompanying guardians of patients, under the care of The Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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Ill. Sir Joseph Hummel, Past Potentate, Salaam-2019