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HAPPENINGS Winter 2019
Over the past few months, The Lend A Hand Project has been busy with exciting new projects in supporting and expanding our mission. We are proud to share these initiatives with you. WE SHOPPED TILL WE DROPPED (ALMOST): From November 30 through December 2, The Lend A Hand Project participated in the “Champions for Charity” event at Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza in Greenvale. Thank you to everyone who shopped and dined in support of our organization! More information to come in the next Happenings! BOB’S DISCOUNT FURNITURE: The Lend A Hand Project received a very generous donation from Bob’s Discount Furniture. In keeping with their mission of assisting needy children, we allocated much of their contribution to help the 250 children in our program.The responses from the children were heartfelt and beautiful. SENIOR FAIR EVENT: The Lend A Hand Project participated in this event at the Suffolk Y/JCC, which gave Case Manager Ellen Acosta an opportunity to present the details of our program. WELCOME KNIGHTS: We are delighted to welcome the support of the Huntington chapter of the Knights of Pythias. We thank them for their initial donation and look forward to an ongoing relationship. COMMUNITY SPONSORS: Buckley Country Day School sponsored 13 of our families for our Holiday Gift Program. The school’s Parents’ Association supplied virtually everything that our families needed to make this an extraordinary and joyful season. In addition, the Buckley faculty and staff combined to make a very generous contribution. THE ZETA PHI BETA WOMEN’S SORORITY, in the spirit of its mission of giving, also donated many unique toys for our Recipient children. Once again, we feel so fortunate to have your assistance. THANK YOU TO ROGER ACOSTA, ESQ for reaching out to his friends and colleagues with an annual fundraising letter to benefit The Lend A Hand Project. If you can use your networking connections to help our mission, please contact the office and we will assist you in this project. THE EMPLOYEES OF OLD NAVY: in Commack selected a grandmother who is the caregiver for her eight grandchildren and filled an SUV with clothing and toys personalized for each child. Thank you to Lisa and Doug for your leadership and generosity for a second year, and thank you to all the Old Navy employees who participated. SYNAGOGUE PARTNERS: Four synagogues participated in our Holiday Gift Program. Each of our Recipient children received multiple gifts as a result of the commitment and generosity of so many caring congregants. Thank you to the members of the Dix Hills Jewish Center, Temple Beth Torah (Melville), South Huntington Jewish Center and Temple Isaiah (Stony Brook) for making the children of our Recipient families feel the love and care that we strive to provide. WELCOME! We are delighted to welcome our newest Board Member—Sharon Solomon—who is the Education Director of Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn. Her expertise, vitality, and desire to help those in need will be a valuable asset to our organization. Newsday noted the addition of Board Members Sharon Solomon and Scott Haber. SAVE THE DATE: Our Annual Spring Event will be held on Sunday, May 5, at the Cold Spring Country Club. It is Cinco de Mayo and we will be celebrating with a mid afternoon Fiesta that you will not want to miss! Sandi’s son Max (age 14) has been battling cancer since he was an infant; Sandi’s former husband abandoned the family shortly after receiving Max’s diagnosis. Sandi’s older son Jake (age 16) is often left alone while his mother and brother travel to the city for Max’s ongoing therapy. Sandi also cares for her elderly mother, who recently moved into a nursing home. As a single mother, Sandi struggles to maintain a loving home. Her house has fallen into neglect and disrepair – crumbling stairs lead up to her front door; the lack of a guard rail poses a distinct danger to visitors. Sandi’s house is a shell of a home in a middle-class community, bought twenty years ago when Sandi was happily married. Now, she struggles with a constant threat of foreclosure and battles constant exhaustion while maintaining her employment as a social worker. The Lend a Hand Project has provided ongoing assistance, friendship and support to Sandi since October 2007. The backpacks for her sons, recent holiday gifts, seasonal deliveries of food baskets, clothing donations and grocery gift cards, in addition to the support of quarterly bank cards from her generous Sponsor, have provided not only material assistance but also the comfort of knowing that she has friends in the community who care about her. To help our Recipients like Sandi, or one of many others, please visit our website www.lendahandproject.org or call the office 631-486-6636 and give generously. Your assistance is needed now more than ever.