Page 6 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • August 5, 2009 Emmanuel asks... Can You Help? Our hat’s off to Abundant Life Church for the recent contribution; the members of Saint Elizabeth’s Church in Wyckoff for their help, MSO for dropping off groceries, and to all the individuals who come by and drop off a bag of non-perishable groceries for our families. You and your family can make a big difference this summer – that time of year when our food pantry is in most need of replenishing. The summer weather we have been looking for is finally here! Most moms look forward to having the children around and participating in a variety of summer activities. Most children look forward to hours of summer fun, with lots of sunscreen, swimming pools, iced tea and lemonade, water balloons, grilled food, and vacations. For 10-year old Kelly, the summer has quite a differ4-29-09 karen/janine diagnosed with leukemia about ent feeling. Kelly was two months ago. She is unable to participate in the typiEmmanuelHelp2x.75(4-29-09) cal summer activities, but she does manage to keep busy 3 x .75 and drawing. Her sisters, eight-year old Alison, with crafts and five-year old Ellynne, are also affected by all of the changes. Because of budget constraints, the family isn’t even able to do what others take for granted, like going out for ice cream together. They are barely able to purchase anything other than the bare necessities, while they watch their bills mount with each mail delivery. Naturally, Kelly’s parents are overwhelmed and the atmosphere at home has been tense. More than once, the girls have heard their mom crying in the bathroom. The Northern Regional Center started to work with this family at the time of Kelly’s diagnosis. The caseworker visits with the family, and now things at home are a little more calm and relaxed. We have made a delivery of bags of nonperishable food and dropped off some summer clothing. A small emergency grant paid the unpaid rent and fuel bills. It is only with your contribution to the Family Financial Assistance Program that we are able to make a difference for families like Kelly’s. With your donation of groceries and your financial support, we can meet the many needs of these families: people who might be your neighbors. There are more than 230 families receiving support from ECF at this time. Please consider helping them, too. Another great way to help is through your donation of gifts cards to restaurants, ice cream stores, and department stores, or simply an American Express gift card that families can use where it is most needed. Our office hours will be very limited the week of Aug. 3 through 11 due to vacation schedules. Call us at (201) 612-8118 before you stop by. Please do not leave items at the center without checking with us first. Our storage space is limited. Current hours are Monday, 10 to 1; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 to 5; and Thursday, 10 to 2. The Northern Regional Center is located at 174 Paterson Avenue, Midland Park, NJ 07432. Visit us on the Web at As always, thank you for helping the children and their families! Campers enjoy Disney Day ‘09 Ridgewood’s 470 summer campers recently celebrated Disney Day, wearing Disneyinspired costumes as they enjoyed Disneyrelated crafts and food. Some of the 65 counselors, who are high school and college students, also came dressed for the occasion. Pictured are Megan McLoughlin, Yane Shin, Nicole Gaenslen, Jacqueline Lutz, and Camp Director Mel Powers, now in her third year. Counselors Christine Matonti and Kevin Phelan helped organize the various games and activities. Break the Highway Trend! ...not your community’s back. Local businesses are the backbone of your community and the trend to shop the big guys on the highway hurts us all.Your local businesses have what you want... at the right price... and close to home. So, why hassle with the highways? Talk to your kids about how dangerous it can be. � Save Time! Save Gas! Save Money! SAVE YOUR COMMUNITY! We Need You ��������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������� ������������������ SHOP LOCALLY. IT’S SMART. ...and besides, it’s so convenient! 6-17-09 janine