New donation center is now open

Goodwill Keystone Area recently opened a new donation center in Bucks County.

It is located at 2 G-H Summit Square Center, Langhorne. Hours of operation are Monday to Saturday, 9:00am to 6:00pm, and Sunday, noon to 5:00pm. The phone number is 267.364.6091. This location is only a donation center.

Below are items that they are UNABLE to accept:

  • Unsafe, broken, or non-working items;

  • Air conditioners;

  • Any recalled items;

  • Dehumidifiers;

  • Hazardous chemicals;

  • Household chemicals;

  • Infant furniture (cribs, highchairs, car seats, strollers, etc.);

  • Kerosene heaters;

  • Large appliances;

  • Large exercise equipment;

  • Lawn mowers;

  • Mattresses;

  • Small engines;

  • Tires;

  • Weapons;

  • TVs.


Goodwill has received a high-volume of TVs that do not work and cannot be resold or recycled. As a result, Goodwill does not accept TVs. However, they do accept computers, monitors, printers, etc. Goodwill participates in the Dell Reconnect computer recycling program, making e-cycling convenient and easy. Dell Reconnect is designed for residential consumers who wish to recycle older computers. Goodwills from across the country – including Goodwill Keystone Area – have partnered with Dell Reconnect to help divert millions of pounds of e-waste from landfills each year.

In 22 Pennsylvania counties, including Bucks, Goodwill Keystone Area helps persons with disabilities as well as people who are at an economic disadvantage, or may lack education or work experience. Goodwill provides job skill training to youth and seniors. The stores fund a variety of programs and services to help people become hopeful and independent. Donations provide the source and fuel to change lives. For a list of stores and donation centers within Goodwill Keystone Area, visit www.yourgoodwill.org.

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Urgent request for blood

The ongoing barrage of snow has caused a severe shortage of blood donors due to multiple drives being cancelled. Hospitals such as Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Capital Health and Princeton Medical center must keep a constant supply of blood on the shelves for immediate use.

The Community Blood Council of New Jersey (CBCNJ) is issuing an urgent appeal to our area for blood and platelet donations.

The storms that have been affecting us have made it more crucial than ever for donors to give blood.

The Community Blood Council of New Jersey is located at 1410 Parkside Avenue in Ewing, NJ. You can contact them at 609-883-9750 or go to www.GiveBloodNJ.org. This is an urgent request. Hospitals need your help.

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Piazza Nuova Lodge members send clothing to reservations

 

Barbara Lawless, a member of Piazza Nuova Lodge – Order Sons of Italy in America, and her two friends, Jennifer Gallagher and Lise Baxter, work together to pack clothing for shipment to impoverished American-Indian reservations every year. This year they concentrated their efforts on the tribes of Wounded Knee, Pine Ridge, Takini, and Red Cloud, South Dakota where the quality of life is very difficult, with issues of infant mortality, malnutrition and poverty.

Barbara and her friends coordinate the purchase of clothing with fellow Lodge member Bonnie Van Zelst with funds derived from a generous anonymous donation and funds from the Piazza Nuova Lodge, that enable the purchase of various clothing items such as coats, hoods, jeans, shirts and socks.

The Piazza Nuova Lodge is a nonprofit Fraternal Beneficiary Society that was chartered by the Order Sons of Italy in America in November 1992. The Lodge promotes fraternity amongst members, and extends that fraternity to the community at large. They conduct fundraisers to help and support many charities that they donate to on a national, state, and local level. They also provide educational scholarship awards for outstanding academic achievement to local high school students.

PHOTO CAP: From left, Jennifer Gallagher, Barbara Lawless, and Lise Baxter

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Lenape Valley Foundation seeks donors to spread holiday cheer

While holiday time is one that is supposed to be filled with joy and happiness, that is not the case for many of our friends and neighbors in Bucks County. Lenape Valley Foundation (LVF) hopes to make the holidays a little brighter for those in need. 

The Holiday Assistance Program, an annual effort organized by LVF staff and volunteers, was developed for just that purpose. For the past 55 years, the compassionate and caring staff of LVF have been there to provide treatment, crisis services, case management and community supports for children and adults in need. 

More than 7000 residents of our community utilized one or more of LVF’s critical services this past year. The doors of LVF’s high-quality programs are always open to those who have the greatest needs. This year, as it has done over the past few years, LVF is helping consumers who are in need during the holiday season. 

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Local organizations and community members invited to participate in Giving Tuesday

Historically, the shopping season opens with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For the second year in a row, the giving season will have its very own opening day – #GivingTuesday, which will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd.

#GivingTuesday, an initiative that was introduced last year by the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, is a day to encourage charitable giving and remind each and every one of us that as we go about our holiday shopping, there is an enormous amount of individuals and organizations who rely on the support of their community members in order to thrive. This year, a group of professional fundraisers and nonprofit executives in Bucks County have joined together to introduce #GivingTuesdayBucks, a localized version of the #GivingTuesday movement.

“#GivingTuesdayBucks grew out of a desire to bring the national initiative to our community,” said Penn Foundation Director of Advancement and #GivingTuesdayBucks steering committee member, Jen King. “Knowing that Bucks County has such engaged and enthusiastic donors, we got excited about sharing this opportunity to highlight online giving as a way to make a difference right here in Bucks County. Going online to make a gift to your favorite charity on #GivingTuesday will be fast, easy, and we hope fun!”

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The Dance Academy supports local charity drives

The Dance Academy is currently collecting canned goods and non-perishable items for The Southampton Food Pantry.  Requested donation items include all canned products, peanut butter, rice, potato buds, tuna fish, beans, pancakes, dry milk, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, salt, sugar, flour, packaged desserts, tooth paste, shampoo, soaps, and over-the-counter pain medications.

These items are being collected now through November 23rd and will be donated to help make Thanksgiving Special for those in need in our local community.

They have also been chosen as a drop site for the US Marine Corps, Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off between November 13th and December 15th. 

Please join in support by helping children and families in need during the upcoming holiday season.

The Dance Academy is located at 1476 Buck Road in Holland.  You can reach them at 215-860-9530 for more information.

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Donations needed for food pantry

Penndel Borough is collecting food all year long to donate to Redeemer Lutheran Church’s food pantry. 

Non-perishable items can be dropped off at Borough Hall, 300 Bellevue Avenue, Penndel, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to noon, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm. 

All donations will be brought to the pantry. Also accepted on monetary donations. 

The church is a 501(c) 3 organization so donators will receive a receipt for tax purposes. Call Karen at Borough Hall for more info at 215-757-5152.

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Newtown Rotary donates over $15,000 to deserving organizations

 

by June Portnoy

During Newtown Rotary’s Annual Allocations Luncheon held June 26th at the Temperance House in Newtown, President Kathy Moore announced how thrilled their Allocations Committee was to donate $15,101 this year to local, national and international organizations making a positive difference to the world in which we live.

“This amount is almost 22% more than we awarded last year,” said Michelle Knobloch, Allocations Committee Chair. “Out of our pool of money, we wanted to serve those who serve us the most, so we decided that 60% of our donations would go to local groups in our community.”

In addition, the club allocated 20% of its funds to a National Disaster Fund, reserving these funds for people facing major crises and disasters. The remaining 20% of their funds were allocated to international causes. “All Rotary clubs extend their services internationally through Rotary International,” said Kathy.

“For the past 25 years, one of Rotary International’s missions has been the eradication of polio throughout the world, and there are now only three nations – Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan – where polio has not been eradicated, so we’ve come a long way.”

Kathy explained how their annual April fundraiser, Hope on the Vine, is one of the main ways the Newtown Rotary raised money this year to allocate funding to organizations in need. This fundraiser is a social event combined with a live and silent auction. The last item of the live auction is always a donation for a particular need, and this year the auction raised $3,250 for Polio Plus.

Another international cause supported by the Newtown Rotary this year was Shelter-Box, which provides Shelter-Box kits to disaster survivors worldwide. Each kit supplies disaster-specific equipment and shelter to a family of up to 10 people.

Other international funding went to Rotoplast, a Rotary affiliated organization supporting reconstructive surgery for children with a cleft palate or palate anomalies in developing countries.

Michelle also presented a check to Dave Schweidenback, founder of Pedals for Progress. This organization collects bikes and sewing machines locally and sends them to working-age adults in developing nations. With these bikes, people have a vehicle to get back and forth to work, which could be hours away on foot.

“A sewing machine becomes a job in a box,” explained Dave. He added, “We help our neighbors have the ability to be productive members of society.”

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Twilight Wish partners with CARS™

Locally-headquartered national nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation, has announced a new partnership with CARS™, a national vehicle donation program. This program is a great opportunity for donors to get rid of old vehicles they no longer use while making a difference in the lives of deserving seniors across the United States.

CARS™ will accept almost anything that is in one piece and towable: cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats, planes, ATVs, even farm equipment. Their customer service center is open seven days a week and they have over 1,000 vendors across the U.S., allowing for pick-up of your vehicle at your convenience. 

Your donation is tax deductible! To donate, either fill out an online donation form or call 1-877-737-WISH!   

For more information on Twilight Wish Foundation, visit www.twilightwish.org or call 1-215-230-8777 ext. 104.

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YWCA Bucks County launches 2013 ‘Back To School’ Program for disadvantaged children

Each year YWCA Bucks County, with the help of the community, presents more than 300 YWCA summer campers and summer YWCA Lunch and Library Program participants from low-income families with gifts of new backpacks and school supplies.

The YWCA is now reaching out to area companies, organizations and individuals and asking them to help children in need by collecting back-to-school supplies to give kids a fresh start to the new school year.
There are two ways companies and individuals can get involved:

  1. Collect donations of school bags and other back-to-school supplies in the workplace and then make arrangements to drop them off at the YWCA Program Outreach Center in Trevose.
  2. Make a monetary donation online at www.ywcabucks.org. One can also mail in a donation to YWCA Bucks County, 2425 Trevose Road, Trevose, PA 19053. YWCA staff will shop for these supplies with these tax-deductible donations.

For additional information and details on timelines for making a drop off or a monetary donation, call the YWCA at 215-953-7793, ext. 104 or 113, or e-mail klynch@ywcabucks.org.

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