Page 6 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • 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 different feeling. 4-29-09 karen/janine Kelly was diagnosed with leukemia about two months ago. EmmanuelHelp3x.75(4-29-09)typical She is unable to participate in the summer activities, but 3 x .75busy with crafts she does manage to keep and drawing. Her sisters, eight-year old Alison, 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! Seventeen-year-old vocalist Phoebe Stein of Ramsey will be a featured performer in a recital to benefit two Third World orphanages. The recent Ramsey High School graduate finished her diploma in three years to enable her to spend what would have been her senior year working for the International Volunteer Headquarters. From September until May, she will volunteer at orphanages in Peru and Ghana. The recital, organized by Stein’s music teacher, Kathy Sheppard, and sponsored by 96 West Café in Allendale, will include teen bands the NoShirts, Reverse Order, and Stein’s band, Wigs and Car Parts. 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