A group of employees at Masco Cabinetry's plant in Athens Township recently found a way to lend a hand to the American Cancer Society and its Hope Lodge program.

With help from the KraftMaid Cabinetry factory in Middlebury, Ohio, and the Masco corporate office in Detroit, Masco donated new kitchen cabinets to the Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania in Hershey, which recently reopened after several months of renovations.

A group from the plant attended the lodge's reopening in June, said Brian Steward, manager of production control. The plant's employees also signed one of the cabinet doors.

Masco's Lamoka Road plant makes the doors and fronts for KraftMaid cabinets, which are then assembled at the Middlebury factory, Steward said.

The group became interested in helping the American Cancer Society following its participation in the Relay For Life in Waverly in 2011, Steward said. Masco officials later contacted a representative of the ACS to find out how they could further help the organization.

At the same time, ACS officials were preparing for renovations to the dated Hershey Hope Lodge, which has housed cancer patients and caregivers since it opened in 1987, according to information from the American Cancer Society.

The dining area is a central location in the lodge, which Steward said contains between 12 and 22 housing units. Each unit receives its own cabinet for guests to store their own goods.

The cabinets are "another touch which has made our lodge feel like a home away from home to our guests," said Andrea Young, manager of the Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania, in a release.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: arenko@thedailyreview.com.