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Local DAR Chapter Librarian feeds young minds with literacy campaign, among other projects

Founding member and current Chapter Librarian for the Margaret Gale Thornton Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), Joan Logrando, has organized a book donation program that has been operating since September 2021. Joan’s unique approach with her “Literacy Alive” campaign has been to offer books to the children whose parents are visiting food pantries, such as that at the New Britain Baptist Church. The book donations have been very popular. Joan collects cash or books from Chapter members and purchases more books to work toward her donation goals. 

Joan exemplifies the volunteer spirit of DAR and the Margaret Gale Thornton Chapter, which is based in Pipersville. She serves on the Chapter’s Service to America Committee, and has been instrumental in completing other activities and projects as well, aside from her personal volunteer activities for the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown and the Good Time Motorvators.

Back in 2019, Joan planned the Stocking Donations from the Margaret Gale Thornton DAR Chapter. She recruited partners and organized donated items which were included in the stockings. Joan led the group who sewed the stockings from scratch. She remembers working through the winter into 2020 and beyond, sewing stockings while also making masks during the pandemic. Joan and fellow Chapter member, Bonnie Mercando, spent many hours sewing stockings from a pattern to prepare for the donations in 2021. The stocking recipients included local residents at the Pine Run Retirement Community and Pine Run Lakeview Assisted Living.

For fall 2022, Joan is leading a Service project called Stars for Veterans. The Margaret Gale Thornton Chapter looks forward to each idea that Joan turns into a Service Opportunity for members.  

PHOTO CAP: Margaret Gale Thornton Chapter Members, from left, Margaret Hunt, Chaplain; Barbara Patchell, Historian; Joan Logrando, Librarian; Michelle Lewicki, Regent; and Bonnie Mercando.

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