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Our hat’s off to: Eastern Christian Elementary School for their recent food drive. Saint Elizabeth’s School in Wyckoff also did a splendid job of collecting food recently; so did Eisenhower School in Wyckoff. Dot Meagher gets a salute for going above and beyond the call of volunteer duty this past month. Joey was diagnosed with leukemia at the young age of six. His mother, Abbey, had just completed a painful separation when the diagnosis was made. Things for this family of four -- Joey has an older brother, Mark, who is seven, and a sister Marris, who is two -- went from bad to worse when the dad skipped out on paying any support. Now, with the economy so tight, Abbey has had to help
clean houses to generate funds for the rent and daily living expenses. She feels guilty when she is away from her children and is exhausted when she is with them. Fortunately, Abbey’s sister, Maggie, pitches in to help with the children and has opened her home to the family when they were not going to be able to cover the monthly rent for their small apartment. This family, like many, many we serve, needs ﬁnancial assistance through our Family Financial Assistance Fund. This fund is currently near depletion. We have new families who have signed on for our services, and our families’ requests for food have doubled since May of last year. Some of their needs are: gift cards for Path Mark, Shop-Rite and the A&P grocery stores. Your contribution helps a family’s tight budget stretch a little more. This Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10) you can make a difference by honoring a mother you know by honoring the mothers of children who have cancer. There are three
options available: Make a contribution in honor of your mom and have an acknowledgement sent to her by the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation. We also send cards in memory of someone’s mom to important family members. Host a small tea party in your home or ofﬁce any day, and raise a cup of tea in honor of ECF moms who work so hard to keep everything together for their sick child and their family. We have a kit available that you can request. You may also elect to raise a cup of tea privately to acknowledge these unsung heroes. We ask the public to consider one of these options as a way to contribute to our ongoing work for these struggling families. We also welcome contributions to Emmanuel Cancer Foundation’s Family Financial Assistance program. Our families thank you and hope for your continued generosity. Call us at (201) 612-8118 before you stop by. Please do not leave items at center without checking with us ﬁrst. Our storage space is limited. Our current hours are Monday, 10 to 1; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 to 5; Thursday, 10 to 2; and Saturday, 10 to 1. Our address is 174 Paterson Avenue, Midland Park, NJ 07432. Our website is www. emmanuelcancer.org. As always, thank you for helping the children and their families!
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