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Kids raise $1,665 at Newtown Meetinghouse for charity

The young people of Newtown Quaker Meeting recently hosted a Lasagna Dinner at the historic Newtown Friends Meetinghouse and raised $1,665 for the Mercer Street Friends’ Community Schools in Trenton, NJ – a Quaker-affiliated, nonsectarian organization.

After-dinner events included Dance Eclectic at George School and Intergenerational Games Night in the Quaker Meetinghouse Gathering Room.

Featured at the dinner were lasagnas consisting of various meats, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and a variety of pies, cookies, and brownies for dessert.

The young people collected voluntary contributions, served the food, and cleaned up after the dinner.

Funds raised by the Quaker Kids’ Lasagna Dinners in past years have gone to support Penndel Food Pantry, Haiti Relief, Save Darfur, Heifer International, the Mercer Street Friends summer Pre-K program and other chartable organizations.

The Quaker kids have now raised and distributed to charities of their choice more than $28,000 over the past 10 years by serving simple meals twice a year.

The Lasagna Dinner was supervised by members of the Children’s Religious Education Committee of Newtown Meeting, including Committee Clerk Sarah Buxton of Newtown, Eileen Grant of Newtown, and Dinner Coordinator, Kelly Lake of Newtown.

Sarah said, “This is one of the most exciting events for our children. They work hard and have a great time raising money for such a good cause.”

Kelly added, “Our children and teens have raised funds for Mercer Street Friends programs in Trenton for the past six years. They love the idea of contributing to enriched academic programs.”

PHOTO CAP: Quaker kids before the Lasagna Dinner