An abundance of gratitude

In the River Wards, there are so many causes to be thank­ful for. Read about how loc­als have em­braced the Thanks­giv­ing spir­it, and about how you can get in­volved with loc­al hol­i­day causes.

  • Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke greets seniors at Lutheran Settlement House on November 20 where he, At-Large Councilman Bill Greenlee and Walmart Stores partnered to distribute 500 Thanksgiving turkeys to local seniors in need throughout Northeast Philadelphia. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • From left: Ed Correa, community relations officer, 26th Distrist, Lou DeCesare, President, Hyperion Bank, Michael Cram, Captain, 26th P.D., Natalie Davis, Chair, 26th PDAC, Maritza Matos, officer, 26th P.D. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Seni­or pro­gram seeks vo­lun­teers

RS­VP Phil­adelphia, a seni­or corps pro­gram, is look­ing for vo­lun­teers, 55-years and older, work­ing or re­tired, to pack­age and/or de­liv­er meals to home­bound seni­ors throughout the Phil­adelphia area, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the pro­gram.

“As we draw closer to the hol­i­day sea­son, we are re­ceiv­ing more and more re­quests from home­bound seni­ors who are no longer able to shop and cook for them­selves,” says Ju­lie Bor­sky, as­sist­ant dir­ect­or of RS­VP, which is headquartered at the Klein JCC in North­east Phil­adelphia. 

“As a res­ult of this in­creased de­mand for our Home De­livered Meals Pro­gram we need more vo­lun­teers to pack­age meals which are then frozen for de­liv­ery and drivers with their own vehicles to get them out to the people who need them.”

“Any­one who is avail­able for an av­er­age of two hours per week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Fri­day would be most ap­pre­ci­ated,” she notes. 

“This is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tun­ity for people to give something of them­selves in the true hol­i­day spir­it by vo­lun­teer­ing to as­sist the frail and most vul­ner­able mem­bers of our com­munity who are most in need.”

The Klein JCC’s Home De­livered Meals Pro­gram cur­rently pre­pares and de­liv­ers thou­sands of meals an­nu­ally to home­bound seni­ors in the Phil­adelphia, Bucks and Mont­gomery County areas. 

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in vo­lun­teer­ing should con­tact Ju­lie Bor­sky at 215-698-7300, ex­ten­sion 191 or email jbor­sky@klein­ ••

May­or Nut­ter to shop Fishtown on Small Busi­ness Sat­urday 

On Sat­urday, Nov. 30, which is de­clared “Small Busi­ness Sat­urday,” May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter will greet neigh­bors at Frank­ford and Gir­ard av­en­ues in Fishtown, from noon to 1 p.m. 

The day after Black Fri­day, score more great shop­ping deals on East Gir­ard Av­en­ue, Frank­ford Av­en­ue, Front St. and Kens­ing­ton Av­en­ue, and Al­legheny Av­en­ue. 

Busi­nesses of­fer­ing deals and events on Small Busi­ness Sat­urday in­clude:

The Head & the Hand Press; Little Baby’s Ice Cream; The Art Dept; Phil­adelphia Brew­ing Com­pany, Catch & Re­lease Mer­chants, Ad­orn Boutique and more. 

For a full list, vis­it frank­for­

Ac­cord­ing to an NK­CDC press re­lease:

“Did you know that out of every $1 spent at a loc­al in­de­pend­ent mer­chant, $.68 stays in the com­munity (com­pared to $.42 when you spend at a na­tion­al chain)?” 

For a full list­ing of busi­nesses in the area, vis­it nk­ and click on “For Busi­nesses.”

For more in­form­a­tion, con­tact Henry Py­att at hpy­att@nk­  or 215-427-0350 x 124. ••

Coun­cil Pres­id­ent donates tur­keys at LSH in Fishtown

On Wed­nes­day Nov. 20, City Coun­cil Pres­id­ent Dar­rell L. Clarke, Coun­cil­man At-Large Bill Green­lee and Wal­mart Stores partnered to dis­trib­ute a total of 500 Thanks­giv­ing tur­keys for loc­al seni­ors in need.

This year – the sev­enth year that Coun­cil Pres­id­ent Clarke and Wal­mart have worked to­geth­er to co­ordin­ate the event – the loc­al res­id­ents re­ceived their Thanks­giv­ing tur­keys at two loc­a­tions: Luther­an Set­tle­ment House, 1340 Frank­ford Ave., and Mar­tin Luth­er King Older Adult Cen­ter, 2200 Cecil B. Moore Ave. ••

Hyper­ion Bank donates to 26th P.D. hol­i­day drive

This hol­i­day sea­son, loc­al fam­il­ies and seni­or cit­izens in need will en­joy hot tur­key din­ners with all the trim­mings thanks to the com­bined ef­forts of the 26th Po­lice Dis­trict, Hyper­ion Bank and its em­ploy­ees.

Work­ing with com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer Ed Cor­rea, Hyper­ion Bank col­lec­ted non-per­ish­able food dona­tions and raised money from its em­ploy­ees for the pur­chase of tur­keys. 

The bank’s em­ploy­ees donated their own money, which the bank matched dol­lar-for-dol­lar, for a total of $500. 

“Hyper­ion Bank’s staff nev­er ceases to amaze us with their spir­it of giv­ing.  Their ef­fort to as­sist us in rais­ing so much is truly a bless­ing. Our grat­it­ude to the bank for their ef­forts year after year to sup­port this com­munity is dif­fi­cult to put in­to words,” stated Nat­alie Dav­is, Chair­per­son of the Po­lice Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil (PDAC) for the 26th Dis­trict.

“I am proud to be as­so­ci­ated with my co-work­ers, whose gen­er­os­ity and spir­it of giv­ing is over­whelm­ing. It is our priv­ilege to con­tin­ue our strong part­ner­ship with the fine po­lice of­ficers and the PDAC of the 26th Po­lice Dis­trict.  On be­half of our en­tire staff we wish every­one a Happy Thanks­giv­ing”, stated Lou De­Cesare, Pres­id­ent and CEO of Hyper­ion Bank.••

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