Page 8 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • August 12, 2009 Emmanuel asks... Can You Help? Our hat’s off to everyone who has made a recent contribution. 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. It’s summer! Most moms look forward to having the children around and participating in a variety of warm weather 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 different feeling. Kelly was diagnosed with leukemia about two months ago. She is unable to participate in the typical summer activities, but she does manage to keep busy with crafts and drawing. Her sisters, eight-year old Alison, and five-year old Ellynne, are also affected by all of the 4-29-09 karen/janine changes. Because of budget constraints, the family isn’t even able to do what others take for granted, like going out EmmanuelHelp2x.75(4-29-09) for ice cream together. They are barely able to purchase 3 x .75 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. 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! Area Hermitage honors Junior League for 75 years of community service In recognition of the Junior League of Bergen County’s contributions to the community over the past 75 years, the Friends of the Hermitage recently issued an honorary salutation at the Rose Ball Benefit Gala. The salutation also acknowledged JLBC members’ contributions of time, skills, and resources to the development of The Hermitage, a museum in Ho-Ho-Kus that includes a gothic revival stone residence, visited by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The JLBC’s relationship with the museum has spanned the past 30 years. JLBC members have served as docents, cataloged acquisitions, and sewn period costumes to be worn at the museum. The JLBC has also supplied funding for the renovation of the museum’s facilities. In conjunction with the organization’s 75th anniversary, the JLBC recently donated a total of $30,000 to three local charities: the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Woodlea PATH 1 Advisory Board (a part of Children’s Aid and Family Services) and Rebuilding Together Bergen County. JLBC has had a longstanding relationship with these three organizations, each of which has made a profound impact upon the community. For more information on JLBC programs, to make donations to the JLBC’s 25th annual Festival of Trees party and auction, “Cheers to 25 Years” on Saturday, Nov. 21, or to learn about membership, contact the Junior League of Bergen County office at (201) 447-2292, visit www.thejlbc. org, or email Founded in 1933, the Junior League of Bergen County, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. 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