Americans for Native Americans (ANA) was started by Bill and Connie Eastburn in 1991. Their introduction to our neighbors in the Southwest has established partners and, more important, great friendships with many volunteers in the Bucks County area. Bill and Connie did not believe the stereotypes our society has created for these first Americans. They saw neighbors with a need and asked them if they could be their partners. They created a relationship of mutual understanding and respect for each other.
by June Portnoy
“You better not pout, you better not cry…”
Unfortunately, even good kids won’t receive presents this year, through no fault of their own, and these are not kids living in distant parts of the world. These are children living right in your own community. Last year, Toys for Tots Bucks County collected 25,000 toys for 10,000 children in Lower, Central and Upper Bucks County.
by June Portnoy
“’Tis the season to be jolly” for most people during the holidays. However, during this time of year victims of domestic abuse are simply trying to maintain a calm environment at home where they can sustain a feeling of peace and safety. According to Ifeoma Aduba, Executive Director of A Woman’s Place (AWP), holidays are a time when their clients work hard to keep their family together.
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.
by June Portnoy
During the holiday season there are Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two days when people traditionally spend lots of money buying gifts. But what about a day of giving back to the community? Hence, GivingTuesday was born at New York City’s 92nd Street Y in 2012, the goal being to have a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season.
The Southampton Free Library, located here at 947 Street Road, is seeking donations of previously loved hardback and paperback books and audio and video material for all ages and interests to be sold at their two-day 2014 Book Sale on Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to donate and attend the sale days.
Volunteers and donations are needed for the Second Annual Lower Southampton Township “Team Up To Clean Up Day” to be held on Saturday, May 3rd, from 9:00am to 12:30pm.
According to Carol Drioli, zoning officer for Lower Southampton Township and Clean Up Day event chairperson, “The Board of Supervisors recognizes the fact that township residents and businesses take great pride in their families, homes and the community-at-large and want to maintain its “All American” appearance throughout.”
“In addition,” Carol notes, “ last year’s clean up day was so successful that we decided to make it an annual thing. Our residents and business owners really enjoyed it and felt it was most worthwhile and totally beneficial to our community.”
On the list of sites targeted for clean up are highways, parks and ball fields, common areas, grassy areas, basins, recreational facilities and others. The township is also looking for businesses to donate supplies, food, coffee, drinks and teams of volunteers. “Youth groups, Scouts, seniors, families and individuals who care can also be part of this year’s volunteer effort,” Carol comments.
Clean Up Day additionally will offer residents and businesses an opportunity to take advantage of a shredder and also may bring old and worn out electronic devices to the township building at 1500 Desire Avenue in Feasterville for proper disposal.
Team Up For Clean Up Day will conclude with complimentary refreshments being served at the township’s Dolphin Swim Club, 260 W. Bristol Road, Feasterville. For additional information and to volunteer, contact Carol Drioli at 215-357-7300, extension 307.
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.
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.
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.