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154 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 like most dads with teenage kids, Lee Stone wakes up early to get things rolling—but not quite in the way one might imagine. First he sends his two children off to school and has coffee with his wife, Laura. Then, instead of heading out the door him- self, he retreats to his study to tend to the needs of 105 orphans by raising money, plan- ning capital projects (solar power on the orphanage roof among other pressing con- cerns), and organizing mission trips. All of which would be fine, were it not for that awfully long commute to Haiti. As fate would have it, the orphanage in Port-au-Prince whose welfare Lee oversees is located over 1,600 miles from his home in Chestnut Hill. Periodically, however, he does fly down to Haiti to lend support to orphanage manager Emmanuel Romain and his staff. He also leads working missions charged with facil- ity improvements and English tutoring. His family misses him, but they know Dad likes a challenge, if only because Grandma raised him that way. Lee grew up in Wellesley and, according to his mom, Martha Stone, "He had a great sense of humor and always kept himself busy. When asked to do something, he was always cooper- ative. I don't think he ever had enough time to do all the things on his list." At 87, Martha Stone is sharp as a tack and, with a delightful sense of humor, she radiates good will and common sense. As an almost 30-year resident of Wellesley, where she raised her family, Martha gained a well-deserved reputation as a community activist throughout the Orphanage children looking toward a bright future volunteering community service helping out doing our part contributions neighbor to neighbor philanthropy Helping the Children of Haiti P E T E R G O L D E N writer good works H O P E F O R T H E C H I L D R E N O F H A I T I