The 2016 Holiday Drive was a huge success! Thanks to all for your amazing support. We helped over 110 local families have a happy holiday! For a recap of the donations and a ton of event pictures, please click here.
Our December Holiday Dinner program was held on Tuesday, December 20. Thanks to Jan Bookwalter, Tammy Small, and Laura Pratt for coordinating this program, and to all the amazing folks who donated the items needed to complete 10 total dinners (plus extra stuff) for local families. The sign-ups for the food took place on Sign-up Genius. Thanks again for all your support!
Thanksgiving Dinner Program 2016
Again this year T&E Care volunteers prepared Thanksgiving dinners for 10 local families. St. Luke Lutheran Church in Devon graciously offered their space to use for this preparation, which took place on Wednesday morning, November 23.
Thanks to Cindy Gilroy, Danyll Lockett, and Laura Pratt for again working to coordinate this program. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to offer to help out.
The School Supply Drive 2016
This year's School Supply Drive is completed. It ran from July 11-24. The website needs list was updated daily as donations came in and we now have everything that is needed. Thanks soooooooo much to everyone who offered supplies, gift cards, or cash to buy any extra supplies.
If you want to see the pictures and final list of thanks, please go to the School Supply Drivepage on this website.
5th Annual Kids Clothing Grab Bag 2016
LOTS of clothes were donated! LOTS of volunteers sorted and set up the church room! LOTS of clothes were chosen by folks. LOTS of people were helped get "new" clothes for their kids, and for those who could make donations - over $5500 was raised!!! Please go to our main Grab Bag page for more details about this year's event. We have loaded some amazing pictures of the great collections and event, and have included lots of thanks notes. Check them out!
Once again - the communty has come through big time. Our Holiday Drive is now finished - and what a success it's been. More info, some great pix, and lots of thanks can be found on our Holiday Drive page.. If you have offered to help out with either donations or time, and you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Special thanks again to our host site, St. John's Presbyterian Church in Devon. It's the PERFECT location for our program. What an amazing partnership!!
Special Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners 2015
Thanks again to everyone who participated in this year's dinner assistance programs. You really helped make the holidays special for about 25 local families! Please click HERE for more details about these special programs!
Celebrating 10 Years ...
With Some Awesome Community Partners
Monday, September 28, 2015
Our 10th anniversary party was a great success. Thanks to all who came and enjoyed the friendships! It was fun to walk down memory lane and celebrate all the accomplishments and all those who have supported T&E Care throughout these past ten years. Special thanks to all those who could not attend but sent in such wonderful notes of congratulations.
Surrey was a great host - the location was perfect for the event. And thanks again to Wegmans, Whole Foods, Wawa, Panera, and Acme for all the delicious food. And we loved the balloon decorations from the Party Store of Berwyn. Finally, a shout out as well to Jessica Mintz for baking extra cookies - they were DELICIOUS!! Our goal in planning this event was to hold a party that didn't cost us anything, so our funds could continue to help the families that need it. And we were successful thanks to these wonderful sponsors!!
Thanks also to Representatives Duane Milne and Warren Kampf, Senator Andy Dinniman, and County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone, and Terence Farrell for making the effort to join us for this event. Each presented us with Citations of Congratulations - we were very proud to accept them on behalf of all those in the community that have worked so hard these past 10 years!
Last but never least, thanks to Laura Pratt, Danyll Lockett and Carol Tompkins for their extra efforts in helping to get this party ready for the big night!
Our collection dates this year were Monday, July 13, through Sunday, July 26. Every child had a sponsor in the end, and we received LOTS of last minute gift card donations. With all the volunteers we had we were able to get all the bags set up on July 30 in record time. Thanks to all those who made donations and/or helped with the process. What a fantastic community - yet again!
Special thanks to the committee who put all this together - Eileen Ryle, Rita Gosnear, Amy Ard, Charu Ghandi, and Barbara McConnell were the main force behind the event. Julia Fisher was a great "behind the scenes" help as well. These kids are deeply indebted to you for the time you gave to this effort. For more details, a complete list of thanks, and pictures of the event, go to our School Supply Drive main page.
2015 KID'S CLOTHING GRAB BAG
Another HUGE success!
The 2015 Kids Clothing Grab Bag is over for 2015. What a magical experience this is! All the donations - wow!!! And all the volunteers - another WOW!! SPECIAL thanks to the chairs Lisa Davis, Jennifer Arnott, Carol Tompkins, Jeanette Alwine, and Pam Emel - we couldn't have pulled it off without them! And a VERY special thanks to St. Matthews United Methodist Church, led by Pastor Lillian Smith. Once again they couldn't have been more gracious hosts for a very busy event! A huge shout out as well to CHS Junior Maddy Prachar who conceived of the idea of a Teen Girls room, worked out all the details, did all the set up, and pulled it off with expertise. She is an amazing young lady! (Thanks to her mom, Kristen, as well - we know she was a big help as well!!)
Please check our Grab Bag page for the specific details and results of the event, lots more thanks, and some really great pix!
Holiday Drive 2014
The Holiday Drive for 2014 is now history, but what a year we had! Please click HERE to read the wrap-up and see the great pictures of the event. Thanks to ALL who partiipated in making this such a special time.
THANKSGIVING DINNERS 2014
Thanks to the folks at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Devon for agreeing to host our special Thanksgiving cooking event on Wednesday, November 26. The snow that morning added some interest to the event, but in the end nine local families were offered support through this program.
Thanks to Cindy Gilroy and Danyll Lockett for coordinating this event, and to Laura Pratt for helping to assign the families getting support. Thanks to all those who helped cook, donate food, and deliver the food. Special thanks again to the Hayden family for baking eight pies, and to the kids in the Amana Foundation for donating bags and bags and bags of fresh produce for all of the families. We have included a great picture of this incredible group of kids below. What a great team effort! Send questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY DINNERS 2014
Once again we collected and sorted food for eight local families so they had some great food for their holiday dinners. We collected and sorted on Monday, December 22, and delivered later that day. We provided the basic holiday foods, plus lots of extra treats to each family.
Thanks to Melanie Bradish and Tammy Small for coordinating this event, and to Laura Pratt for helping to assign the families getting support. Special thanks also to the Amana Foundation for once again providing bags of fresh produce for each family, to the students in Mrs. Lund's class at Valley Forge Elementary School for providing a bag of toiletries and cleaning supplies to each family, to the Hillside Elementary 3rd grade Girl Scout troop #42060 for providing breakfast treat bags for each family, and a scout troop that offered fresh wreaths to each family. And of course thanks to all those who donated food items and to those who delivered the food. It's another amazing community effort. Send questions to email@example.com.
The great kids from the Amana Foundation and their bags and bags of fresh produce!
School Supply Drive 2014 Thank you to everyone who made this drive a success!
The 2014 T&E Care School Supply Drive is now over. It was a huge success and over 200 local kids will be so happy to have the needed supplies to start the school year off right. Please go to our SSD website page to learn more about the results, and see the pictures from the drive. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
KIDS CLOTHING GRAB BAG 2014
The 3rd annual Kids Clothing Grab Bag was much fun and a true success! This year's event will took place on March 28 and 29. We had TONS of donations of clothing infants through teens and lots of folks came to select items for their kids. Please check out the website page that gives details about the event! There are lots of pictures, too! Any questions can be sent to email@example.com.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! The Ho-Ho-Holiday Drive is over and you did it again! All items are sponsored and all 81 families are in great shape! This drive requires LOTS of volunteers and LOTS of help sponsoring the families as the requests come in. We REALLY appreciate your help. If you offered to sponsor an item, a person and/or a family - please be sure to get the items dropped off ASAP so we can handle the sorting and delivering on time.
THANKS AGAIN FROM ALL INVOLVED AND FROM THE FAMILIES WE SUPPORT!
We received this email on November 19, after just a week into the drive: I went to the website to see what was still needed and was brought to tears. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all those items crossed off. Wow, is all I could think of, its so amazing to see that so many people care about others. I’m not sure if you hear this a lot but on behalf of all those families and mine I just want to say thank you for all that you and the T&E Care family do for others. It’s a blessing to know that there are so many people who have big enough hearts in this world to share with others.
Thanksgiving and Holiday Dinner Programs 2013
Each year T&E Care volunteers help to provide dinners at both Thanksgiving and Christmas for 8 local families (8 families for each of the holidays). Each family receives the food needed for a complete holiday meal, plus a few extra bags of fresh produce, basic staples, and other special goodies. We thank those who offer to help each year to make this special event happen!
Dinner was cooked on Wednesday, November 27 at The Kitchen Workshop in Paoli, from 10-1. Thanks Art for sharing his facility with us again this year! We ended up supporting 9 families this year!
Thanks to the Amana Foundation for providing 8 bags of fresh produce for these dinners, and to the Hayden Family for baking 8 pies! Thanks to the many others who provided turkeys, and/or bags ofstaples and other special treats.
Thanks to Cindy Gilroy for organizing this event, and to all those who gave up time at a busy time of year to help with the cooking and delivering of food; and to Laura Pratt for organizing the specific family needs.
Here is the short story and note of thanks from one family who came to pick up their dinner supplies:
A lovely older woman came with her grown son to pick up their family meal. As we carried their bags to the car, she shared her current struggles in the midst of a very difficult divorce. "He's taking everything I had; I don't even own the clothes on my back", she said. But she has her kids and today, thanks to you, they are sharing a beautiful Thanksgiving meal. For this one day, her life is okay because you gave an hour or a turkey or a bag of food or a pie.
For more amazing thank you notes - go to our Wall of Care page!
Food was collected on December 20 and distributed that same day to 10 local families. We expected to just help 8 families, but so much food was donated we had enough for 2 additional families.
Special thanks to Melanie Branish and Tammy Small for jumping in and running this event extremely efficiently! A huge thank you as well to Laura Pratt for organizing the families receiving the support.
Thanks to all those who made donations of hams/turkeys, special food for the dinner itself, extra food to help fill the cupboards, extra veggetables and fruits, and special home-made desserts. And to those who helped with the deliveries. We couldn't have done it without you!
Thanks to the Hillside Daisy Troop #4323 for putting together 8 special breakfasts!
Thanks to the Valley Forge Cadette Troop #479 for putting together 4 extra bags of food.
Thanks once again to the Amana Foundation for providing many many bags of fresh produce for these dinners (as well as for the Thanksgiving dinners)!
Two of the families receiving this dinner sent the following thank you notes:
I just received a wonderful Christmas dinner from your volunteers! That would not have been possible, were it not for the generosity of the good people at T&E Care. Thank you for all you have done and are doing in the community. Your generosity has made a profound difference to many families on the Main Line, particularly, my family. In short, thank you for helping my family during the holiday season!
Last Friday, I picked up the generous holiday donation of healthy and fresh food that was so kindly donated to my daughter and I. The amount of fresh and nutritious food was more than plentiful. In the true holiday spirit, I decided to invite my two elderly neighbors who had no one to spend the holidays with over for holiday brunch (thanks to all the breakfast goodies) and dinner. With the leftovers, I was able to make dinner for several nights for my family as well as my lovely two neighbors. The fresh veggies and fruit were incredibly fresh and such a treat for my daughter and I. Living on a tight budget it is difficult to incorporate fresh veggies and fruit all the time. It is essential our youngsters understand and learn healthy eating habits. My daughter just realized she enjoys cauliflower and zucchini which were provided to us. Again you and TE cares not only made my daughter and my holiday wonderful but my neighbors as well. It was a joyous holiday for all of us! I am so grateful I was able to share your generosity with some others who would not have the company and wonderful meal. Meet Christmas and happy new year.
School Supply Drive 2013
The 2013 T&E Care School Supply Drive is FINISHED!!!!
CLICK HERE for the results of the event, including pictures!
Over 200 students were identified by counselors as possibly needing help - this was a significant increase from last year, so we challenged the community to help out - and you came through again!We know that all requested supplies were offered, all students have been sponsored, and every child will get an additional $25 gift card, plus some will get a 2nd card. The value of all this will be well over $12,000 in support for our kids (that's about $60/kid) - it's amazing how fast it all adds up!
Thanks thanks thanks again!!! What a huge effort that we KNOW will make a big difference.
Kids Clothing Grab Bag - a huge success
The spring 2013 Grab Bag was held April 12 and 13 at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church of Valley Forge on Walker Rd (by Glenhardie Country Club). What a great success this was. We had so many wonderful donations of clothes, and at the other end we had LOTS of people "shopping" and getting great clothing at no or low cost. Thanks so much to all who were involved.
Check HERE for many pictures and lots of details on this very special event!
Click here to see the holiday drive results and notes of thanks.
The 2012 Holiday Drive is finished!
The 2012 Holiday Drive wish lists have all been sponsored!!! FANTASTIC! This was such a great holiday season for so many local families thanks to your generous support! For details on the results of the drive, go to the main holiday drive results page. At any time if you have questions send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so very much for all support offered this holiday season.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!
Another successful Thanksgiving and Holiday Dinner season - 2012
Please check HERE for details about our 2012 Thanksgiving dinners and Holiday dinners. Both events were terrific and everyone we supported was extremely thankful. It's thanks to all of you who help out your neighbors! Special thanks to Art Roman of The Kitchen Workshop (Paoli) for again opening his business to our organization for the Thanksgiving event, and to St. Luke Lutheran Church (Devon) for helping with the Christmas dinners. More details on both drives, including pictures and thank you notes, can be found at the link above.
School Supply Drive 2012 July 16-30 ALL FINISHED! AND WHAT A TREMENDOUS RESULT! Even though the drive was shortened by a full week, and we had 20+ more students than last year (over 190!) - we still met our goal! All students were sponsored and bulk items offered. We received many gift cards and general donations as well, to help give families some extra support. THANKS TO ALL!!!!!!!
We want to acknowlege those special community businesses, individuals, or organizations that have gone above and beyond in making the drive a big success. Included in this group are:
Hats off to all those who helped this year by being a drop-off location, by transporting items around the community, or by making donations to the drive. Thanks to the staff at Conestoga for hosting our sorting day again this year, to the district custodians who transport the bags to the various schools for parent pick-up, and to the school secretaries and counselors who help with the distribution of the bags. And VERY special thanks to the 2012 chairs of our School Supply Drive - Julia Fisher, Eileen Ryle, Barbara McConnell and Amy Ard. The drive was a huge success in large part of their behind-the-scenes efforts and incredible organizational skills.
Johnson Matthey (Wayne) - These special neighbors have stepped up again and offered to sponsor 20 local students, plus they are also donating 20 back packs. This is at least the 3rd year that the folks from Johnson Matthey have lent a big hand and we can't thank them enough!
CSL Behring (King of Prussia) - They have donated many many many bottles of hand sanitizer that we will be able to give all students to help them avoid the flu this winter! What a great idea!
Stryker Orthobiologistics (Malvern) - They offered 5 large boxes of 1 1/2" binders that we can use for students for the school supply drive. We haven't done a final count - but there are close to 200 binders! What a great donation!
RE/MAX Main Line Charitable Foundation has helped out again (another multiple year supporter!) with our school supply drive. They are giving us $500 worth of $25 gift cards that we can distribute to some of the families in our attempt to give them extra funds for those back-to-school clothes or other needs. Many many thanks for this great offer!
Matt Holtzer is a CHS student who organized a dance fund raiser for the T&E Care School Supply Drive. The dance was held July 7 at the Tredyffrin Library, and featured 4 different DJs over the course of the evening. Almost 100 students attended this event (Paint the Night Neon) and had a great time, and in the process almost $900 was raised for T&E Care. Many thanks to Matt for coordinating this incredible event, and to the staff at the Tredyffrin Library for offering their facility and their time for this event. Special recognition to Laurie Doan for helping Matt coordinate the evening. The funds will be used to get additional gift cards or to finish off any unsponsored requests. (see pictures above)
Once again the Wegmans in Frazer and the Wegmans in King of Prussia both donated gift cards to our School Supply Drive! Special acknowledgement to Wegmans for their continued support of families in our community!
Panera Bread is donating some bagels and coffee to those helping to sort all the supplies on Aug 2. What a great way to keep the volunteers motivated!
The Amana Foundation is helping us again! They have offered to get a bunch of the $15 gift cards that we are giving to each family. This is a student run group - and they have been great supporters of our organization in the past. Thanks again!
T&E Care Grab Bag - a big success!
On Saturday April 21, T&E Care held it's first annual Kids Clothing Grab Bag. In all accounts we believe it was a big success and a good service to the community. The quality and quantity of the donations was unsurpassed! Tables and tables of great kids clothing were available for a donation of $5/bag - and the bags were huge. (And over $1600 was raised - so we had a lot of good shoppers!) People who came to "shop" were overwhelmed with the selection and repeatedly commented on how nice the clothes were. We have already received some emails of thanks for running the event - such as:
I just wanted to let you know that the Kids Clothing Grab Bag was wonderful. I was able to get some nice things for my daughter. I also wanted to tell you that I went to another clothing exchange on Saturday before I came to this one and it was no where near the quality of TECares. Everyone at TECares was very helpful, the clothes were organized by sizes and in neatly folded piles and the clothes were in very good condition. I was very happy that I made it to the event and wanted to say thank to all that help put this event together. I am very happy to be apart of a community that cares and does so much for everyone. I hope with this being the 1st Kids Clothing Grab Bag that it continues in the future years. Great Job and Thank you to everyone.
I wanted to thank you so much for holding your Kid's Clothing Grab Bag this past Saturday. We are on a tight budget and I was able to find wonderful clothes for all my children at your event. I went with my sister and friend who were both able to get great finds for their kids as well. Thanks again and looking forward to hopefully another Grab Bag next spring!
Thank you so much for all of the clothes my family received from the clothing drive. It was a tremendous help to us. I am so grateful for all that you and TE cares does for the community.
Many thanks again to St. Matthew's Methodist Church for hosting the event, and also for surprising us with a welcome table of coffee, juice, and muffins for volunteers and shoppers. What a wonderful gesture! They truly bent over backwards for us - we couldn't have asked for a better location. Special recognition again to our drop-off locations: All the TESD schools, Doctor's Best (Berwyn), Penn Liberty Bank (Wayne), Play It Again Sports (Berwyn), Center on Central (Paoli), Wayne Presbyterian Church, Paoli Hospital, Johnson Matthey, Plato's Closet, St. Luke Church, St. John's Presbyterian Church, The Baptist Church of the Great Valley, and of course St. Matthew's Church. To all those who cleaned out their closets - you did a GREAT job finding us wonderful clothing. MANY THANKS! We also appreciated donations of the plastic bags from Wegmans, Acme, Paoli Hardware, Giant, and Walmart, and some of the coat hangers from Organic Clean Natural Cleaners (Devon).
Again we appreciate all those who helped volunteer during the collections or set up, at the event itself, by creating and/or hanging posters, and dropping off the left-overs at other charities. We especially appreciate the help by so many of the families that we have supported in the past - many volunteered for this event - it was a great way for them to give back! A really tremendous job done by all. Special thanks also to our chairs: Jeanette Alwine, Lynn Greco, Laura Pratt, and Karin Maynard. It's always risky to tackle a new project, but they thought it through well and figured out all the possible glitches.
The Holiday Drive for 2011 is officially finished. EVERY request for support was met through your generous donations. NO T&E Care general funds will be needed again this year to support this program. That leaves our treasury in good shape with the winter PECO bills to come! 63 families are getting assistance from T&E Care and over 125 toys for the Winter Wonder program! That's well over 300 local individuals that have been helped through your generosity! We really appreciate all of your support! Every individual toy, every box of cereal, every winter coat, it all adds up to making a huge difference for some families that have little to hope for these days. We appreciate the many families that supported our drive with donations of gifts, food, cleaning supplies, gift cards, or just by making a donation. Thanks to those who were drop-off locations (the Lords, the Fishers, the Sticklins, the Gormans, the Christys, the Casciatos), and to all those who helped sort, wrap and deliver. And a huge cheer to Melody Ticknor, Pat Clark, and especially Lisa Christy for the many hours spent running the event in a way that makes it look so easy! GREAT JOB to all!
Hats off also to the groups that worked on behalf of the drive: Long and Foster Realtors (ran a food drive) Coldwell Banker Preferred (did a food/cleaning supply/toiletry drive) CHS Girls Lacrosse Team (collected toys) T&E Kids Care Club (collected toys) 4 Counties Garden Club (provided holiday centerpieces for some local families) VFES 4th grade classes adopted a family TESD central office staff adopted a family DES, BES, and HES PTOs each adopted a family NEES did a book collection for the families CHS National Honors Society (collected toys) Hayden Hoopla - neighborhood party - collected gift cards for T&E Care The Murphy neighborhood party - collected gift cards for T&E Care The Quarters holiday party - collected food for T&E Care CHS Boy's Lacrosse team (ran a fund raiser for the holiday drive) The Garden Shoppe LTD, Wayne (donated Christmas trees for a few local families) CHS Ice Hockey Team (collected toys) Paoli Wildcat U12 boys team (did a food/cleaning supplies drive) VFES Junior Girl Scout Troop 456 (baked over 800 cookies and made up 60 bags of snowman soup mix) A number of Wisteria Lane families (made over 20 tins of cookies) A number of families from Fernfield Circle (collected gift cards)
SPECIAL THANKS TO THIS YEAR'S CHAIR, LISA CHRISTY, AND HER VERY IMPORTANT SUPPORTING CAST MEMBERS PAT CLARK AND MELODY TICKNOR! And of course we have all the drivers, the sorters and wrappers, the drop off location hosts, and all the individual families who made donations.....We couldn't have done it without everyone!
WOW - what a team effort!
Other T&E Care Holiday Events 2011
The annual Berwyn Tree Lighting Ceremony took place on Sunday evening, December 4. T&E Care hosted a table at the event and collected 5 boxes of cleaning supplies as part of our holiday drive. Lots of people donate toys at the holidays, but the gifts that many adults find the most useful are baskets of cleaning supplies! Thanks to all who donated these supplies to our important program - you can't imagine how helpful a bottle of Lysol can be to a family!!!!
***** Again this year T&E Care provided Thanksgiving dinners to 8 local families. These meals were made at The Kitchen Workshop in Paoli on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. These dinners were again a HUGE hit! Comments from families receiving the dinners include:
I wanted to say thank you from my children and I for the absolutely delicious Thanksgiving dinner and additional groceries. We are extremely grateful. We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and wish you a very Merry Christmas.
We are totally blown away! Thank you to you and EVERY volunteer that made this Thanksgiving so special!!! We were not expecting half of what we received. And the real kicker was that most of Thanksgiving dinner was prepared. Ah, so thankful! :) Additionally, the extra food and goodies were a huge blessing. I lost track when I was able to squeeze fresh produce into our budget. What a special treat. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
OMG! Thanks so much for the dinner. It was so much I was able to share it with a neighbor!! You have been such a great help to my family and I that I cannot thank you with words.
Words alone can not express the amazement on our faces when we saw all of that wonderful thanksgiving food that was delivered to us. We truly were shocked at the amount and the love that was put into it. We had a wonderful thanksgiving thanks to you and your group. Thank you so much for your constant care and concern to our family alone! we truly appreciate it! thank you :) I hope you had a nice thanksgiving as well. All my love to you and your group.
I wanted to send thanks on behalf of my kids and myself for the most wonderful and generous food gift we received from you , Art, and kind people in our locality. I was grateful not only for the items to make a full Thanksgiving meal but also other items which made many other meals. The children in particular enjoyed the cheese and fruit, and I was so happy to receive extras like butter and coffee. It was a lovely day - we ate, went for a walk and had a nice relaxing time. It helped to take the sting out of the fact we had to give up my daughter's car the following day. I am also pleased to report that I have, as of today, been able to get a temporary seasonal job for a few weeks at one of the stores at the mall. It does not pay at all well but it is better than no job , while I continue to try and get a position in my skill, and will help keep the wolves from the door. I start with orientation tomorrow morning. Many many thanks to all.
Thanks again to Art Roman of The Kitchen Workshop for providing much of the food needed for the dinner, and to the students from the Amana Foundation who donated the much needed fresh produce. Our Lady of The Assumption Church (Strafford) donated turkeys. Our friends at Johnson Matthey (Wayne) donated the funds to buy some of the needed extra food. And the Haydens provided all the pies! Special thanks to all those who came to the event to help with the cooking, to those who dropped off extra food, and to those who delivered some of the dinners. And VERY special thanks to Cindy Gilroy for coordinating the event! Another fabulous team effort! (Pictures of the volunteers working can be found here.)
***** We will provided dinners for another 13 families at Christmas time. The first 8 families received their dinners (and lots of extra food) on Dec. 22. The rest got theirs on Christmas Eve. We've heard many thankful comments from those who received the food so far. Thanks again to Amy Ard, the Amana Foundation, the folks in the finance department at AMG (Advanced Metallurgical Group) in Wayne, Art Roman (Kitchen Workshop again!), the Bird family and the Hay family for their special assistance with these dinners! Questions please contact us at email@example.com.
THANKSGIVING DINNERS 2011
Thanks again to Art Roman of The Kitchen Workshop and all those who donated time to help with the 2011 Thanksgiving dinners! Pictures below show the volunteers hard at work!
Another successful School Supply Drive!
3, 2011 - We have finished sorting all the donations, the bags are
loaded with supplies and gift cards, and we're starting to get them
handed out to the local kids. We can promise you that these supplies
are VERY MUCH appreciated by those receiving them. What a huge help it
is to know that the kids can start the year off with all the needed
supplies, and in many cases, a new shirt or pair of jeans as well. Good
attitudes are the start of successful school days.
Special thanks to the following who made the drive such a success:
All those who sponsored kids or made bulk donations.
All those who sent in gift cards.
All those who made cash/paypal donations to help us supplement our donations when needed.
those who agreed to be drop-off locations: Play it Again Sports, The
Thomsons, The Roses, The DeChairios, the Cruikshanks, the Kalbachs, the
Seltzers, and the Gormans.
those who helped on sorting day: Lynne Andia, Lisa Rose, Barbara
Coymns, Jean Purinton, Carol Titzel, Elizabeth Robinson, Theresa
Augustine, Jennifer Maher, Betsy Friend, Nancy Caldwell, Carol
Thompkins, and lots of district and CHS students (it's GREAT to have the
kids helping out like this!)
Conestoga High School for allowing us to sort there and to store the
items there; and to the custodians who helped transport the bags from
CHS to the various schools in preparation for parent pick-up.
Extra special thanks to:
Barbara McConnell - for once again organizing the CHS students
Amy Ard - for once again tabulating the gift cards
Debbie Weger - for once again keeping track of the cash donations
Eileen Ryle - for once again tabulating the sponsorships and bulk offers
last but not least - to Juila Fisher for once again running such an
efficient and what looked like flawless drive. The efforts she put into
this event behind the scenes make it easy for everyone else! Thank you
Julia from the entire T&E Care community!
HOLIDAY DRIVE 2010 - WOW! The
2010 Holiday Drive officially ended on December 6 - and we
are excited to say that all family requests were sponsored. We thank
everyone who offered to support our program - every single donation was
A huge shout-out to a few special groups who went above and beyond to lend a hand to the drive:
T&E Kids Care Club (at CHS) -
Heather Ward, President - they collected over 50 items for teenagers to
lend a hand to the Winter Wonders program at Paoli Presbyterian Church
(supported by T&E Care).
Members of the CHS Girls Lacrosse
team - Brooke McGillis and Taylor King captains - they also collected
items for teenagers for the Winter Wonders program.
St. David's Preschool classes - they also collected over 100 gifts for younger kids for the Winter Wonders program.
Girl Scout Troop 456 from VFES
baked over THIRTY DOZEN cookies and put together bags of "snowman soup" -
these were spread out and given in the food boxes to many of the
families we supported. (pictures of these great kids below)
The Bassetts and the Haydens each
had neighborhood parties - and instead of hostess gifts they asked for
assistance in supporting out holiday drive - gift cards, general
donations, etc. etc. came from these two parties!
Long and Foster Realty (Devon) and
Coldwell Banker Preferred (Wayne) each ran food drives and collected
boxes of extra food for our drive - this was especially helpful for the
"new" families that got added onto our list late.
The Quarters in Chesterbrook did a food drive for T&E Care at their annual holiday party. More food for the extra baskets!
Claire Newhall - a 2nd grader at
NEES recently asked for donation to T&E Care's holiday drive instead
of birthday gifts for herself!
Valley Forge ES PTO ran a food
drive and a book drive for T&E Care (the food also went to REACT).
The 4th graders helped to wrap all the books.
New Eagle ES PTO sponsored one of the families for the holiday drive.
The Four Counties Garden Club made
gorgeous table top decorations for many of the families in our program.
What a special "extra" treat for everyone!
As you can see - in addition to the
many many individuals and families that supported the drive - these
groups really helped to make the event a huge success! Many thanks to
all those who also helped wrap, sort, deliver, etc. etc. for the drive.
(Photo of many of the wrappers below.) A very special appreciation and
congrats to Lisa Christy, Pat Clark and Melody Ticknor who did an
outstanding job of putting it all together.
One final note: We received many notes of thanks from the families we helped. We have posted some of those notes here. It is clear that these families REALLY APPRECIATE your support!!!
If you have any questions - send an email to Lisa Christy, this year's chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPECIAL HOLIDAY DINNERS FOR LOCAL FAMILIES
December 21, 2011 we delivered holiday dinners for 10 local families. The
amount of fresh foods that was included in each delivery was
staggering. Each family will really have a special meal (and a few
other meals!) this holiday season. Many many thanks to those who
donated the turkeys and hams, the fresh foods, the holiday pies, and the
homemade cookies. A special shout-out again to the kids from the Amana Foundation,
which provided the fresh fruits and vegetables - two huge bags per
family (they did the same for the Thanksgiving meals)! Thanks also to
those who took the time to sort and/or deliver the foods to the
families. And finally a special thanks to Amy Ard for coordinating the
drive, and to the finance department at AMG (Advanced Metallurgical
Group) in Wayne for hosting the event. Once again - a team effort for
sure - with incredible results!
THANKSGIVING DINNERS 2010 - Thanks for your help!
Again this year, in conjunction with The Kitchen Workshop in Paoli, T&E Care volunteers made
Thanksgiving dinners for 8 local families. In addition to the normal
Thanksgiving foods - we gave each family bags of fresh produce and other
fresh foods. MANY MANY THANKS to all those who donated turkeys, other
food items, and most of all .... time!! Special appreciation to Cindy
Gilroy for organizing the event, to Art Roman (The Kitchen Workshop) for
hosting the event, to Johnson Matthey for donating the money to cover
the costs of the dinner foods, and to the Amana Foundation for all the
extra produce they collected for this event.
Thanks to all for
helping to make the Thanksgiving holiday a special one for some local
One of the families that received the dinners sent this email: First let me thank you and all involved for providing such a bounty of food and produce for Thanksgiving. We all had a lovely meal, and several more. Tis greatly appreciated. I shall send Art (at The Kitchen Workshop) a thank you note for his kindness also.
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE 2010
year's drive is over and once again the community response has exceeded
all expectations. The sorting is done, and deliveries and pick-ups
will follow shortly. There will be many very happy local kids opening
their bags in the weeks to come - ooohing and aaahing over a new box of
crayons or a shiny new binder. Gift cards for many will help with some
of those new school clothing needs, or food for their early lunch
boxes. 91 families (164 kids) received your support - incredible!
Thanks to ALL those who donated, who were drop off points, who helped to
sort, and who organized the event. Special thanks to Julia Fisher,
Eileen Ryle, and Amy Ard - they really got it together!
special thanks to those local businesses and organizations that made
donations or gave significant help to the drive: Johnson Matthey,
Wegmans, Trinity Presbyterian Church, RE/MAX Main Line Charitable
Foundation, St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, Play It Again Sports,
On March 1, 2010,
baskets were delivered to the 17 families whose homes were destroyed due
to the January fire at the Strafford Station Apartments. Between these
baskets and the past support given to a number of the families - they
are now in good shape and able to move on with their lives. Many
thanks to all those who helped with donations of money or "stuff". Once
again the community stepped up big! Every family has the items needed
to start over. The baskets are just our way of saying "Welcome Home" to
everyone (items such as: tools, flashlights, kitchen towels, coat
hangers, shelf liner, cleaning supplies, toothpaste/tooth brushes, food,
girl scout cookies, soaps, etc. are included in the baskets).
following note was received from one of the apartment residents we
my life is getting back to normal little by little, I would like to
take a moment, and from the bottom of my heart thank you and other
people who have helped me through the difficult times. I enjoy the new
comfortable bed, and I am very grateful to you for finding time to help
with tiding up when I had to move-in. I found today at the door the box
full of nice presents from TECARE, which I believe you too belong to.
That was very pleasant indeed, and warmed my heart. Thank you so very
much! Please pass my sincere 'Thank you' to everyone who has been
Particular thanks throughout the last
few months to:
The manager of the Strafford
Station Apartments (Lori Liberatore)
and the staff there - not only did they help cover the hotel fees for
the families for almost a week after the fire, help with clean up and
moving for those families, wave the rent for a month for all those
families, and help all those families find new housing so within a week
they were back to being settled, BUT they also made a donation to
T&E Care after all the dust was settled. WOW - what a great
landlord and apartment manager! Many thanks Lori and crew!
Mattress Giant (Floyd -
in KofP for giving us a great deal on all
the beds that we had to buy for the families.
The discount given to us by the Bed
Bath and Beyond (Darrin - assistant manager) in Radnor so we
outfit the beds with some decent bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets,
and mattress pads); towels for everyone as well
Community Backstop - they helped provide all the mattresses for the families that got burned out and didn't have insurance to cover them.
Restaurant (Wayne) - support of one of the families
Hillside Girl Scout Troop #4038
- donation of tools and flashlights to the baskets for each family
Jenkins Arboretum -
donation of soaps and other items to the baskets for each family
St. Norberts Catholic Church
(Paoli) members - for donations of gift cards for the baskets
Trinity Presbyterian Church
(Berwyn) members - for donations of cash and items for the baskets
Conestoga Boys Basketball Team
- for donations of food for the baskets
Knights of Columbus -
for a donation for the baskets
And a special shout-out to those churches who "adopted"
the 7 families who needed extra support: St.
Lukes Lutheran Church (Devon), Main Line Unitarian Church (Devon),
Valley Friends Meeting (Wayne), United Methodist Church of Paoli, St.
John's Presbyterian Church (Devon), Our Lady of the Assumption Church
(Strafford), and St. David's Episcopal Church (Wayne). And a
final thanks to Kelli Maravalli of Wayne
Presbyterian Church and JoeAnna Haelig of the Red Cross for
coordinating the needs of the families. Great job to all!!!
we said before - this fire didn't turn out to be as bad as we initially
thought but it gave all the churches and various groups in our community
the chance to put together a coordinated effort to assist if such an
emergency arises in the future. Thanks to you we are confident that our
community will be ready and able if needed!
We are done
collecting items for the holiday drive 2009....
... and oh my ... what a pile! We are all speechless.
Once again we can't believe how incredibly generous the families in
this community are. We have sorted and delivered all the gifts, and
received many many words of thanks. Below are some of the emails and
notes we have received (slight changes were made to some to protect
confidentiality; otherwise - these are the notes verbatim):
WE all thank you from the bottom of
our hearts for the wonderful gifts you bring to us. You
are such a special T/E Team by giving joy and happiness to each
family in the T/E district. Again, thank you for your time and all the
gifts for all of us. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and
boy I'm still in shock, I can't Thank you enough, Oh my gosh I can't
tell you what a blessing that was to receive the gifts. Oh from the
bottom of my heart I Thank you.
is truly a blessing and saying. "Thank you" just does not say nearly
enough for the food and gift cards. There are no words to express our
feelings and deep appreciation for the help you have given us at this
want you to know how much I appreciate the generous gifts because of
your organization, my son and I can be comfortable in our home. Please
tell those who helped, thank you sooooooo much and big group Hugs &
would like to take the time to thank the family that adopted us for the
holidays this year. My girls were so very happy with the items they
received for Christmas this year. My Son also! The smile on my
daughter's face was as wide as the ocean..She loves the Jonas
brothers... I can only say God Bless you for caring ..You are truly
appreciated...One day i hope I can play it forward. This was one of
the best Christmases in a very long time..Thank you once again and
Happy New Year !!
wanted to reach out to you and say Thank you for the help you gave my
family for Christmas. The look on the children's faces simply made me
smile and cry. You kindness is no doubt from God. Please tell everyone
that has helped my family that i am greatly appreciative for all the
blessings they gave to me.
want to thank everyone that is involved in T.E CARES for the gifts for
Christmas and the Christmas Dinner.I really appreciate everything that
you do for Me and My son.You have helped us on several occasions. I
realized If it were not for you and your generosity I don't know what
I would have done.
I want to thank the entire T&E Cares group for their
generosity. I feel so blessed by all that was given to us! Since my
parents passed away, I do not receive an gifts aside for the token gifts
we exchange between families with a $10 limit. The vacuum works nicely
and the movie tickets were a wonderful surprise! All the household
items and food items are greatly appreciated as well! My son was
delighted with all the toys he received! We are very thankful for it
all and those who took the time to choose each of the items, did an
excellent job! Please let all of the members and supporters of T&E
Cares know what a wonderful service they do and how very thankful we
BOTTOM LINE ... a HUGE thank you to all!
Holiday dinners for some special local families
December 24 a few volunteers met to put together special holiday meals
for 8 local families. These dinners were prepared at The Kitchen
Workshop in Paoli and delivered to each family. MANY THANKS again to
those helping out with this preparation, and to Art Roman of The Kitchen Workshop for once again providing the leadership to get this done.
thanks also to two special groups. We really appreciate the extra
efforts that each of these groups offered to this program.
Those at the Sugartown Rd. (in Wayne) office of
Coldwell Banker Realty who did a food collection so we could give each
of the families lots of extra food.
Kate Little organized a cookie exchange and the
group donated boxes and boxes of homemade cookies that we were able to
include with the dinners for each of the families.
Thanks for Thanksgiving Dinners for local families
Thanksgiving we again provided complete Thanksgiving dinners
for 8 local families (turkey/stuffing, potatoes, veggies,
pies/cookies). The dinners were prepared at The Kitchen Workshop
in Paoli - under the supervision and direction of Art Roman. Many
thanks to Art for facilitating this event.
VERY special thanks also to
Rita Seltzer, Kit Dempsey, Kim DeStefano, and Julia Fisher for organizing this important event.
Johnson Matthey for making a donation of cash that was used to purchase the bulk of the food for the meals.
Girl Scout Troop #495 (including 10 6th graders from TEMS and
VFMS and 1 4th grader from DES) that made cookies and pies for
each of the families. Yum!
All those community members who either donated a turkey or other food to help the families fill their refrigerators.
All those community members who donated their time
at this very busy holiday season to help prepare the food and deliver
it to the families.
And thanks also to all those who
OFFERED to help or to donate a turkey and we had to say no thanks
because we just didn't need the extra support. We can't begin to
express our appreciation of the MANY people who stepped up to help
What an amazing group of people!
Thanks for the School Supplies - August 15, 2009
have received numerous thank you calls and notes for the help given
through the school supply drive. We just wanted to share one that was
recently sent by one of the kids getting the supplies. Hopefully
you'll understand the impact of your donations!
Dear T&E Care: Thank
you for the school supplies that you gave us. Our mom was so happy
when we went to pick up the things at the school. We now realize how
blessed we are to have people like you in our lives. Some kids never
even receive half the stuff you gave us. We are so ready to go to
school now because of your generosity. My little sisters were so
excited when they saw that their backpacks were in their favorite
colors and almost screamed in excitement when they opened them and saw
all the supplies in them. I was amazed at all the items I received.
There were so many supplies they had to put them in a box! Thank you
again for all the things you've done for our family!
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE 2009 - The results .... wow....
are done sorting through all the donations, dividing things up in the
appropriate bags, and delivering the bags to the schools. We say this
often and it sounds so commonplace - but this really is one fantastic
place to live. The generosity of this community is beyond incredible.
We easily had the donations to fill (in many cases over-fill!) the
required 110 bookbags, plus we did one extra bag for each school - just
to have ready to go. We have told the schools that we have enough
extra supplies to make a few more bags when the calls come in (and we
expect to get them). Because of your generosity - we had over $1800 in
gift cards so we were also able to include a card for clothing in many
of the bags. These kids should have a great start to the school year
... the rest is up to them!
We can't begin to thank everyone publicly who helped with this drive - the list would be too long. But to mention a few.....
Thanks to all those who donated - whether it was sponsoring a
student, buying some pencils, or sending in a check or gift card - it
all helped and we obviously couldn't have done it without you!!!!
We want to give a special shout-out to Johnson
Matthey - which as a local company agreed to sponsor 11 students for
this drive. They ended up taking in enough donations to fill 27 bags,
plus donated $80+ for the general cause. Thanks to the folks at
Johnson Matthey for really stepping up and helping out big time!
Special thanks to those people who agreed to be
drop-off points. Having so many options for dropping off supplies
makes it so much more convenient for people to donate.
Thanks to those who called families to confirm needs
and to those who gave up part (or all!) of their day on Aug 5 to sort
supplies (including a dozen high school students!).
Thanks to the administration at Conestoga for
letting us sort the supplies at the school - we filled the cafeteria
with tables and tables of supplies - and made ourselves at home for the
day. The custodial support was terrific (those boxes were heavy!) and
everyone was wonderful to work with.
And last but not least, special thanks to Margie
Winters and Julia Fisher for their expertise in running this drive, and
to Barbara McConnell for sharing past knowledge when it counted the
most! You guys were terrific!
This was truly a team effort in the truest sense of the word!
BOOK DRIVE FOR LOCAL KIDS - a huge success! Congratulations
Conestoga High School Boys Lacrosse Teams for collecting hundreds of
books for local kids (K-12) so they will have some
great reading materials for the upcoming summer months. The response
of the community was terrific! Special recognition to Barb Herzlich and
Christine Reiss for helping to organize the drive. Thanks to all for helping our local kids enjoy a fun summer with some great books!
EASTER DINNERS and EASTER BASKETS - Yum Yum
An incredible Easter was enjoyed by some local families
thanks to members of the Main Line Unitarian Church (led by Judy Wilson
and Julie Chippendale) who made over 20 gorgeous Easter baskets, and to
the many families who donated hams and other food items for Easter
dinners for 8 local families. These 8 families were all incredibly thankful for our offers of support, and their kids LOVED their baskets! Thanks again to Art Roman of The Kitchen Workshop (Paoli) for also providing some of the food for the dinners. Art is a true supporter of T&E Care.
FOOD DRIVE FOR REACT - a HUGE success!!!
huge thank you to the the Conestoga Girls Lacrosse Team and Booster
Club for holding a food drive at the Berwyn Pathmark on Saturday, March
21. We know it's not easy for people to
give up a Saturday to work on a project like this - many thanks to
those who stood outside and asked for the donations.
They collected two car loads of food donated by shoppers, and delivered
them to the REACT food pantry at the end of the day. The generosity of
the shoppers was overwhelming. Special appreciation to Joanne Priem
for coordinating this drive for T&E Care, and to Pathmark for allowing us to hold this drive at their location.
EXCITING NEWS (not really a program, but exciting none-the-less!)
In early December 2008 we learned about a contest that was being run by Kristen Kalp of Essential Imagery
- who was offering free family portraits for a deserving family in the
area. We selected one of the families we have worked with and
submitted them for the contest - and we just found out that they won!
They will be receiving family pictures in just a few weeks. This is a
family that really values "family" above all else - and this is such an
exciting opportunity for them. Having "real" family pictures is
certainly nothing they could ever afford to get on their own. But it
is something that they will cherish for years to come.
We thank Kristen and encourage you to consider Essential Imagery for any future photography needs!
Holiday Drive 2008 We
have been astounded at the generosity of the community once again this
year. The level of support was incredible. Every single item on the
wish list was "claimed", plus additional gift cards, boxes of food, and
gifts were dropped off. We have sorted and wrapped and delivered all
the gifts - and the families are soooo thankful. We'll post thank you
notes as we get them. Some are not directly related to the holiday
drive - but general thanks for the support of T&E Care. But all are
worth sharing. Hopefully they show you how much your kindness helps.
I would just like
to let you know that our family would have moved out of this area if it
was not for T&E Care. God bless all of you.
My family was
overwhelmed at your generosity. When they came out Christmas morning,
both kids asked in wonder, "Where did all these packages come from?"
With tears in my eyes I answered repeatedly that there are people who
care for us, and we are not alone. Thank you from the bottom of my
heart for not making a bad situation better, but wonderful.
Thank you for making such a difference for my family. We can't thank you enough. You are wonderful.
Thank you and your
organization for helping my family through the holidays. I am very
thankful to know you.I can not wait for the children to open the
presents Christmas day. The people who delivered the presents were so
kind. What nice friends you have. One of these days I will be working
with you guys, spreading joy to families. I can honestly say that it is
not the "things ' that make it Christmas. It is the people that show
their kindness that make such a difference in our lives. Your group is
Thank you for
giving us a great Christmas. Thank you for everything you have given
to my family; food, gifts and any other necessities. You have made us
very happy. (a note from one of the kids)
I just wanted to
thank you guys again for everything that you are doing for my family.
You really saved us. I really thought that my family would be split up
again because of losing our place. But because of all of you, that is
not going to happen. I really respect and appreciate you guys for the
work that you are doing. You really have restored my faith in people
again. I thought that we had nowhere else to turn and then you guys
came out of nowhere. My family thanks you so much. Please let me
know if I could ever help with anything with any other family in need.
And if you could please forward this email to all those helping. I
would really like for all of you to know how much this means to my
family. Thanks again.
I wanted to just
take the time to thank you for coming into our lives. I can see already
a new drive and freedom in my mother and I know it is because she feel
a sort of comfort and peace that she is being surrounded by people in
the community who genuinely care for others. A feeling I don't believe
she's felt in some time! So thank you again!
again to all those who made donations or supported us in any way during
this past year. We have truly given an incredible gift of love to
those less fortunate in our community. We hope you and your families
had a wonderful holiday!
Thanks to The Kitchen Workshop for the Holiday Dinners
Thanks AGAIN to Art Roman, owner of The Kitchen Workshop in Paoli, for making EIGHT local families complete holiday dinners on December 24, 2008. Special thanks also to Rita Seltzer for organizing the volunteers, and to all those who gave up Christmas eve morning to come help prepare and deliver the meals. We know the families were truly thankful for this incredible offer.
For some of these families these dinners might be a can of spaghetti. Others might have stretched their limits and bought the fixings for a special meal, but then struggled the next week to cover a utility bill. What a terrific way for a local business to help out. It was truly a holiday to remember for these families!
One thank you note read: I can't thank you enough for our Christmas Eve meal. Really it was a Christmas to New Year's feast! We loved having the courses: first soup, then salad, then the delicious ham and vegetables. The fresh fruit was such a treat that we haven't had for a while. The tin was such a thoughtful touch with the special cookies. After telling the kids repeatedly that this was going to be a very lean Christmas, they were totally overwhelmed, as was I. May God bless you as you have our family.
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