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Cedar Park Neighbors’ Holiday Basket Drive 2016

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Dear Friends and Neighbors of Cedar Park,

Once again, Cedar Park Neighbors, in cooperation with area churches and other nonprofit organizations, will prepare and distribute food baskets for those in need during the holiday season.

In 2015, we were able to reach 130 families (over 550 people). As a continuation of this successful event, we need your financial help and support! Please click here for our donation campaign page on MemberPlanet.

Please consider a suggested donation in the amount of $36. Support at this amount will help us feed two families and foster our commitment to “neighbors helping neighbors.” For your convenience, we have also included payment options to join or renew annual membership with Cedar Park Neighbors as well as an “any amount” option.

We will be packing and distributing the baskets on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 8:30am -10:30am at Renewal Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of 47th and Cedar Ave. All volunteers are most welcome! Please feel free to contact us at mlewis1071@gmail.com if you have any questions. We thank you in advance for your support!

If you are interested in donating bulk items, please contact Michelle Lewis at mlewis1071@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Michelle Lewis and Beverly Rouse

Cedar Park Neighbors is a federally recognized 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-exempt to the extent permitted under law.

Cedar Park Neighbors’ Holiday Basket Drive 2015

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Dear Friends and Neighbors of Cedar Park,

Once again, Cedar Park Neighbors, in cooperation with area churches and other nonprofit organizations, will prepare and distribute food baskets for those in need during the holiday season.

In 2014, we were able to reach 140 families (over 600 people). As a continuation of this successful event, we need your financial help and support! Please click here for our donation campaign page on MemberPlanet.

Please consider a suggested donation in the amount of $36. Support at this amount will help us feed two families and foster our commitment to “neighbors helping neighbors.” For your convenience, we have also included payment options to join or renew annual membership with Cedar Park Neighbors as well as an “any amount” option.

We will be packing and distributing the baskets on Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 8:30am -10:30am at Renewal Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of 47th and Cedar Ave. All volunteers are most welcome! Please feel free to contact us at mlewis1071@gmail.com if you have any questions. We thank you in advance for your support!

If you are interested in donating bulk items, please contact Michelle Lewis at mlewis1071@gmail.com

Sincerely,
Michelle Lewis and Beverly Rouse

Help CPN help neighbors by supporting our annual holiday baskets

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Dear Friends and Neighbors of Cedar Park,

Once again, Cedar Park Neighbors, in cooperation with area churches and other nonprofit organizations, will prepare and distribute food baskets for those in need during the holiday season.

In 2012, we were able to reach over 660 people. As a continuation of this successful event, we need your financial help and support.
Please consider a suggested donation in the amount of $36. Support at this amount will help us feed two families and foster our commitment to “neighbors helping neighbors.”

We will be packing and distributing the baskets on Saturday December 21, 2013 from 8:30am -10:30am at Renewal Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of 47th and Cedar Ave. All volunteers are most welcome! Please feel free to contact us at mlewis1071@gmail.com if you have any questions.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Sincerely,

Michelle and Beverly

To donate to our Holiday Basket Drive, please click here.

Remember: all annual CPN membership dues expire at the end of each calendar year.  While you’re thinking about it, please consider joining or renewing today, by clicking here.

 

Holiday Basket Program Reaches Increasing Numbers of Families in Need

by Victoria Iannotta, Holiday Baskets Co-Chair

Saturday, December 19, 2009 marked two important events in Philadelphia:  the second biggest snowstorm in our city’s history and the annual distribution of Cedar Park Neighbors holiday baskets.

On Friday, the weather prediction for the following day was very bleak. The optimist in me kept hoping that the forecasters were mistaken or that somehow the snowstorm would magically bypass Springfield Avenue in the morning. We needed at least three hours to pack and distribute our 148 holiday food baskets, ideally without the help of a fire truck or reindeer. By 6 am, however, as I watched Cedar Ave. disappear in a blurry haze of snow, the optimist had been replaced by the worrier and I knew we were facing a challenging morning.

Thankfully, I am blessed with a project partner who is able to maintain an enviable sense of calm in the face of apparent disaster.  So as I contemplated how we were going to pack 148  baskets on our own, Joanne Pham assured me that everything would be fine.   And, of course, she was right.

Exactly at 9 am, Cindy and Sophia, our first two volunteers, arrived. They were soon followed by 2 others, then 4, then 6 and more. So many generous members of our community left the warmth of their homes to help us pack the food. So many, in fact, that we finished our task 30 minutes earlier than expected.

At 11, right on schedule, the first representative from the organizations we support arrived to collect the baskets, and as the day progressed, everything was distributed despite the weather and my worrying.

It was a morning that made us very proud to be part of such a giving and compassionate community of people. In my opinion, it was one of Cedar Park’s finest hours

To every volunteer who braved the weather to help others, Joanne and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  We also thank the representatives of our sponsored organizations who, themselves, defied the storm to pick up the baskets so that those in need would have a holiday meal.   A special note of appreciation goes to the Philadelphia Credit Union, Trader Joe’s, Shoprite, Fresh Grocer, Senator Anthony Williams and Yaya, fruit and vegetable vendor extraordinaire, for their generous donations.

We thank every single person who donated to the project and would like to let you know that you fed 637 of your neighbors this Christmas.

The snow of that day has long since melted and Christmas has come and gone, but the kindness and good that was demonstrated by our community is a gift that will be remembered throughout the year.

Cedar Park Neighbor Holiday Food Basket Outreach

By Victoria Iannotta, Holiday Basket Committee Co-Chair

On December 19th, Cedar Park Neighbors will distribute holiday food baskets to those in our community who are in need this holiday season. If anyone would like to help assemble and prepare the baskets, please meet us at St Francis de Sales School auditorium at 9 a.m. on December 19th. Everyone is most welcome.

If you are aware of a neighbor or friend who could benefit from a food basket, please ask them to contact one of the organizations that partner with us in this program. You will find the names and numbers in the form below.

Most importantly, if you are able to help support this outreach program, you will be contributing in a positive, real way to the happiness of another this holiday season.

Thank you very much and Happy Holidays!!