Tamaqua’s Hunger Weekend and Walk has concluded with a presentation of checks to the two major food banks in the community.
Hunger Weekend organizer Paul Dodson presented checks totaling $2,651.82 to Betty Dolinsky of Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua and Major Sharon Whispell of the Tamaqua Salvation Army.
In addition to the checks, over 40 boxes, four shopping carts and additional bags of non-perishable food has been distributed to the two food banks.
“I am pleased with the results,” Dod
son said. “It shows that people in the Tamaqua Area are concerned about those that need a helping hand.”
Dolinsky said she was very appreciative of the community efforts.
So was Whispell.
“This is a barren time of year for us,” she said, “so we thank everyone who supported Hunger Weekend.”
Thirty-four people, representing various churches and organizations, participated in the May 18 Hunger Walk. Top pledge collectors were Diane Chicinavage and Destiny Denning (team) and the Rev. Susan Daniels, Mary Kay Davis and Charles and Jane Reaman.
The food drive was an activity of the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network (TAFFN) and the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.
Dodson organized the project as sort of a culminating activity for a Growth Group at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church in Tamaqua.
TAFFN is an organization of lay leaders from area churches and other organizations doing God’s working in the community.
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Our “Belle of the Ball” program recently donated over 100 gowns to the Bethlehem YWCA which hosted a “Prom Dress Day” March 23 at the State Theatre in Easton. It’s a nice touch since we “borrowed the “Belle of the Ball” idea from the Bethlehem Y.
Our thanks to Deb Davies and Gwen Evans for championing this project the last two years. “Belle of the Ball” can continue with the full support of all Tamaqua congregations.
Last year 300 gowns were collected and over 200 distributed. This year’s collection was not as great but still about 25 gowns were distributed. Prom gown projects have sprouted up in other local communities including Hazleton and Palmerton.