Page 8 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • October 28, 2009 Emmanuel asks... Can You Help? Our hat’s off to the Church of the Nativity for the recent food collection and to the mystery donor of grocery store food cards. Volunteers are needed at our local office at the following times: Monday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, 2:30 to 5 p.m.; and Friday 1 to 5 p.m. This year, we are asking the community, including schools, houses of worship, and places of work, to consider becoming involved with us at a greater level. Whether you currently help us or never have helped us in any way, we invite you to get involved at this critical time. Many nonprofit organizations such as ours have experienced a significant drop in financial and material contributions. Involvement can take many forms, but doesn’t have to take a lot of time. For example, businesses can host a fund4-29-09 karen/janine raiser such as a “Dress Down Day, when employees make a donation to wear casual clothes,” EmmanuelHelp2x.75(4-29-09) host a Golf Outing, or contribute a certain percentage of profits for one day. 3 x .75 Schools can collect non-perishable food items, or raise funds for ECF by hosting a “Pajama Day” or “Hat Day,” when everyone pays $5 for the privilege of wearing PJs or a hat to school. Schools can also fundraise by hosting a basketball game or a dance and charging admission. Churches and temples may call us for a variety of suggestions, including making a financial contribution, collecting non-perishable foods, assembling birthday bags, or purchasing gift cards. We need your help now so we can continue to provide all of the free services help to families with a child who is battling cancer. Manny is now two years and three months old and has been meeting a big life challenge by combating leukemia since he was diagnosed last summer. Manny has two broth- ers, Johnny, 11, and William, 6. The boys’ parents are John and Alicia. John works for a delivery company and has had his hours cut back. Mom was cleaning homes, but quit to help Manny get to frequent doctor visits. He has had complications from the bone marrow transplant he had earlier this year. The family could use gift cards for gasoline stations, and clothing or department stores. The boys love Legos and Transformers and would be happy gifts of these items (new or used). This family has been struggling to keep things together and would be grateful for any help. A financial gift to our Family Financial Fund helps this family and many other families we serve. 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. 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! National Merit Semifinalists named Ridgewood High School students Alexandra M. Salerno, Veronica R. Saron, Christopher H. Given, and Alice T. Walter have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. They are flanked by Guidance Director Jeff Nyhuis (left) and Principal Jack Lorenz. The school also recognized 31 Commended students, including Chanakya Bavishi, Corinna Bertelsen, Giselle Boresta, Alex Butler, Catherine Campbell, Sung-Hee Cho, Jessica Geiger, Joseph Giancristfaro, Samuel Johnson, Hannah Jones, Justin Kim, Max Kurshan, Terence Lam, Jacob Levitksy, Margarita Montgomery, Connor Moran, Alexandra Motola, Joseph Mullen, Matthew Ng, Laura Poole, Joseph Rhee, Antine Rieger, Jonathan Scroggin, Rachel Shinn, Raagini Som, Noah Suzuki, Chelsea Tisosky, Jason Von Halle, Andrew Wade, Erin White, and Emma Wise. 4 Out of 5 Ain’t Bad! One of my SAT Verbal-Writing tutorial students got into four out of five colleges he applied to…including his target school. College counseling too… 201-445-1343 • $60 per hour. 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? Save Time! Save Gas! Save Money! SAVE YOUR COMMUNITY! We Need You SHOP LOCALLY. IT’S SMART. ...and besides, it’s so convenient!