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Don’t Forget Santa’s Helper Gift Drop Off Saturday, Nov. 23 Starting At 9 a.m.

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Nov 172019
 

Here’s a file photo from the 2012 drop off.

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY FOR SANTA’S HELPER IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road (Across from TGI Fridays).  We ask that the general public arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time.  You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:  

There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/recipient. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper. The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift. 

PLEASE try not to make the gift too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that.  We do have a limit of 170 delivery spots/visits available.  We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. (For families with a large party and many gifts, please e-mail OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com for special instructions.)

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station.  Firefighters will be there to assist you.  The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

 

Donations Sought To Purchase Memorial Bench For Annie “Elf Mama” Davis

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Nov 172019
 

A file photo from a Santa’s Helper visit. Little Cindy Lou Who is probably 15 years old now.

Annie “Elf Mama” Davis was a huge part of the Orange Community, For more than 20 years, she took the reigns of the OVFD Auxiliary’s Santa’s Helper program and helped bring joy to thousands of children and families across town.

While at home with her only son, Michael, on Monday, Sept. 23, Annie wasn’t feeling well and she passed out. Michael called 911 and his mom passed away at the hospital after having a heart attack.

The friends of Annie Davis would like to purchase a memorial bench for the Orange Fairgrounds with Annie’s name on it so she will never be forgotten.

The cost of the bench, with an engraved plaque and installation, is $1,500 and we need your help to make our goal.

Cookies and an Ornament

Annie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies were legendary around town. We are selling copies of the recipe, along with a chocolate chip cookie ornament for $3. All proceeds go toward the bench purchase. Contact Terri at orangectlive01@gmail.com if you are interested.

You may mail monetary donations to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

We have a short term designated bank account for this cause, with none of the regular fees for a couple of months. But $1,500 is a lot of money and even as the checks are deposited as they come in, we are hoping for a lot of community support to get Annie this bench.

We’d come closer to seeing it come to fruition if all the families that participated in the Santa’s Helper event over the years sent in a little something as a thank you to Annie for her dedication to you and the program.

Make out checks to “Friends of Annie Davis,” and mail to Friends of Annie Davis, 131 Clark Street, Milford, CT 06460.

THANK YOU if you already have donated!

Thank You For Remembering Annie Davis With Us

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Nov 142019
 

The “Friends of Annie Davis” (Lisa Hartshorn, Ken Lyke, Sue Smith, Marissa Russo, and Terri Miles) thank everyone who came out to Friday night’s fundraiser in honor of Annie “Elf Mama” Davis. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

We’d like to thank all of the local businesses and town offices, and individuals that contributed with generous gift baskets, gift certificates and other items that we gave away as raffle prizes:

Trader Joe’s, First Selectman Jim Zeoli, Chowder Pot, Eli’s, VideoLab, Chip’s Restaurant, Knight’s, Beachside Nutrition, Orange CERT, Cherilyn Miles, Amelie Choiniere, Zoey Girl, The Russo Family, Yia Yia & Amelie, Toni Sowitcky, Subway Corporate Headquarters, 221 Post Salon, Coromandel, Georgina’s Hair Studio, Two Guys, OVFD Auxiliary, Cork and Barrel of Hamden. Mr. Kold Kuts, Ken.

We also want to acknowledge the following people who made monetary donations: Orange Police Department, Orange Fire Marshal’s Office, and Orange Community Services Department.

In addition, thank you to the Orange Ale House for providing us with a wonderful buffet and a large, clean venue for this event. Your staff is the best.

Also, Cherilyn, Toni, Marie and, of course, Mary and Amelie for your tireless help all evening. We couldn’t have done it so seamlessly without you. Special thanks to Nick Bencivengo for your help.

 

 

 

 

 

Santa’s Helper 2019: The Show Must Go On — Making Elf Mama Proud

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Oct 242019
 

If you hadn’t heard, sadly, our Elf Mama, Anne Davis, recently passed away.  Because of this huge loss, while we will still continue to hold Santa’s Helper, it will come with some changes this year.  We appreciate your understanding and look forward to our 25th year!

We have a new e-mail!  Moving forward, please make sure you are only using OVFDSantasHelper@gmail.com, as we will not see anything sent to the old one.  This also means we don’t know what has already been sent or received through Anne, so we are starting from square one this year.

Please be advised, Santa’s Helper 2019 has a NEW DATE!!! Saturday, December 14, 2019, Santa will arrive between 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.

Our Santa Teams at the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary are busy getting ready for our 25th year of delivering gifts, smiles, and fun to dozens of families in Orange.

Santa’s Helper is a wonderful, exciting and memorable fund-raising event with all of the proceeds going to the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for purchasing life-saving equipment.

Each year, our 6 Santa’s Helper Teams are excited to visit and deliver gifts, take photos and help make lasting memories and traditions for every family.  Children and adults alike look forward with excited anticipation to seeing the fire trucks with lights and sirens coming down their street to their front door, with Santa leading the way!

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES:

GIFT DROP-OFF DAY:

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Fire Station #2, 355 Boston Post Road. We ask that you arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time. You will have a much shorter wait in line by following these guidelines.

GIFT RULES AND INFORMATION:

There is a small fee of $19.00 per gift/recipient. Each gift must be INDIVIDUALLY wrapped in your favorite holiday paper with an overwrap of plain brown paper. The name and delivery address of the recipient must be clearly printed on the outside of each gift. 

Santa has a lot of gifts to deliver, so please, no gifts too large or too heavy, Santa appreciates that. We encourage you to try to have all the gifts for your visit with you on Gift Drop-Off day. Please contact us for special directions if you have a large party or a large number of gifts.

Parking for Drop-Off day is in the rear of the Fire Station. Firefighters will be there to assist you. The Drop-Off Line is located INSIDE the Fire Station. Use the rear door marked ENTER.

*E-mailing Santa’s Helper does not guarantee you a spot on the delivery route.  Sign-up is on Gift Drop-Off day and it is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

We hope to make our Elf Mama proud this year, and most importantly, the show will go on.

Sincerely, the OVFD Auxiliary

Oktoberfest Fundraiser On Saturday Oct. 26

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Oct 182019
 

The Orange Republicans will host an Oktoberfest in support of Incumbent First Selectman Candidate Jim Zeoli, at the home of Ron and Laurie Ruotolo, 55 Rolling Ridge Road, Orange, on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6-10 p.m.

The event promises to be fun with music, games, and entertainment.

Beer, wine, soda, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and coffee will be served.

Pull your lederhosen out of storage and come dressed for Oktoberfest and you may win a prize for best costume.

Tickets are $100 each.

Make Checks Payable to Friends of Zeoli, and mail to ORTC, PO Box 632, Orange, CT 06477 or purchase tickets online at ORTC.online.

Lions Comedy Night Set For Oct. 19 — Did You Get Your Tickets Yet?

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Oct 172019
 

Come share a laugh at the Orange Lions Club’s annual Comedy Night with three outstanding stand-up comedians on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The event will take place at the social hall at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange. Doors open at 7 p.m., Show starts at 8 p.m.

Bring your own snacks and refreshments (set-ups provided)

Tickets are $35, available from any Lions Club member, onlineor call 203-795-3906

This event benefits the Lions Club Charities.

 

Orange Community Services Announces Annual Holiday Appeal

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Oct 162019
 

It is that time of year again and we are asking local businesses, civic organizations, places of worship, Town Departments and residents to help us with our annual Holiday Basket and Adopt a Family program for our families, children, individuals and elderly in need.

For our Holiday Basket Program, we ask you to put together a decorated food basket for a Holiday meal and also provide grocery store gift cards to purchase perishable items to go along with the baskets.  For our Adopt a Family we ask if you would donate various items consisting of gift cards and gifts for children, individuals and elderly in need.  Participants in the Adopt a Family program provide a wish list that we provide to the sponsor.

Monetary donations are also much appreciated which are applied towards our Community Assistance Programs that include the Food and Fuel Banks.  These programs are maintained solely by donations.  Checks can be made payable to “Treasurer Town of Orange”.

We are asking for you to volunteer again this year to participate in our Holiday Programs to help our residents in need to enjoy their holidays.

Below you will find a reference menu that includes a list of ideas for the food baskets.  We also ask that the gifts be wrapped and labeled.  Please join us in making this another successful year of giving.

Drop off deadline for Thanksgiving is Friday, November 22, 2019

Drop off deadline for Christmas/Hanukkah is December 18, 2019

You may contact us at any time at (203) 891-4788 between the hours of 8:30 am until 4:30 pm with any questions about our programs. Thank you for supporting our Holiday programs.

Every year just before the holidays, the Orange Community Services Department asks for residents’ assistance that will allow them to help families and individuals in need.

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Here are some ways for you to help in your community

  1. 1. Food Drives to replenish our Food Bank.  We distribute non-perishable items to Orange residents on a monthly basis and also in an emergency situation.  Some suggestions: dry milk, cereal, juice, canned chicken/turkey or tuna, chili, hash, rice, canned soups, canned fruit, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni & cheese, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, coffee, tea, toiletries, paper goods, and any other non-perishable item that can help a resident in need.
  1. 2. Food baskets containing complete supplies for a meal are distributed to eligible Orange residents for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas.
  1. 3. Donations of grocery gift cards to purchase chicken, turkey, ham, and non-perishables.  (Any monetary amount from $30.00 and up)
  1. 4. Store gift cards for eligible residents and/or children participating in our adopt a family program.
  1. 5. Monetary donations are accepted for our Community Assistance Programs which funds our Food Bank, Fuel Assistance and Holiday Programs.  By check only.

Kimberly Callahan

Administrative Assistant Community Services

(203) 891-4788

Please make checks payable to:

Treasurer Town of Orange

Mail to:

Orange Community Services Department

High Plains Community Center

525 Orange Center Road

Orange. CT 06477

Please call the Community Services Department at (203) 891-4788 if you have any questions or would just to like to help.

WE WILL NEED TO KNOW ASAP IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP US

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PROCEDURES FOR SPONSORS WHO WOULD LIKE TO ADOPT A FAMILY OR SENIOR RESIDENT FOR THE HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING:

We will give you a list of the children with their gender and ages from the family.

If needed will get a wish list from the children for your use.

Prepare a basket with items from the menu and a gift card roughly $30.00 for perishables if you’re donating a food basket.

Have the gift items, toys, etc. wrapped with the first name on the gift

Bring in items the week before the holiday for distribution

There is no limit given to sponsors on spending, we leave that up to you.

You can adopt as many families as you would like to.

Everything is kept private; we do not give out the family’s names.

These are residents of Orange who are part of our Holiday Program through Community Services Outreach Dept.

We also help out senior residents who are in need for the holidays.

DUE DATE FOR DROP OFF WILL BE NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 18TH  FOR CHRISTMAS, THIS WILL GIVE US TIME TO CONTACT RESIDENT OR FAMILIES

Any questions you may contact:

Kimberly Callahan, Administrative Assistant

Town Of Orange Community Services Department at (203) 891-4788

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MENU ITEMS

Grocery Gift Card for Turkey, Ham, Chicken, or Roast Beef and perishables ($25.00 to $50.00)

Stuffing mix

Rice

Boxed Mashed Potatoes

Fresh Potatoes

Canned Sweet Potatoes

Fresh Sweet Potatoes

Canned Vegetables

Cornbread Mix

Packaged Rolls

Cranberry sauce

Gravy mixes

Canned fruit

Tea or Coffee

Pie Crust

Pie Filling

Any other kind of dessert

Juice

Optional Items:

Napkins

Plates

Silverware

Cups

Candles

Candy

Nuts

Cookies

Condiments

THANKSGIVING DROPOFF DATE:  Please have to us by 11/22/19

CHRISTMAS/HANNUKAH DROPOFF DATE:  Please have to us by 12/18/19

Devastating News, Cookiemama, “Elf Mama” Annie Davis Has Died

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Sep 242019
 

A pillar of the Orange community, loving mother, and priceless friend to many, Annie Davis, also known as Elf Mama to everyone who has ever participated in the Santa’s Helper program, passed away on Monday of a heart attack.

Annie’s larger than life personality will be sorely missed. Her selfless efforts on behalf of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department working on the Santa’s Helper arrangements for 9 months out of the year. Doing volunteer work as a founding member of the CERT group, and “being there” for friends and the community whenever she was needed.

Annie was a wonderful friend for more than 20 years and I don’t know how I will fill this void.

Please look for information regarding a fundraiser Orange Live will host at Orange Ale House to help her Son Michael with the expenses he’ll be facing.

My love goes out to Michael and Annie’s best friend Lisa in this very difficult time.

Amity Boys LAX Hosts Car Wash Fundraiser On Sunday

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Sep 212019
 

The Amity boys lacrosse team is having a car wash fundraiser this Sunday, September 22 at Blue Check Deli, 382 Amity Road, Woodbridge from 10-2.

Before spending the day at the Country Fair, why not help support the Amity Lacrosse Team.

Meet the boys and get your car washed for just $5.

Hit The Links For This Autism Fundraiser

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Sep 202019
 

The Bethany Leapley Autism Spectrum Disorder Scholarship Fund will host its annual Golf Tournament at Orange Hills Country Club on Thursday, September 26.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

11:30 am Registration and Lunch

1 pm Tee Off

Click here to register now or go to www.bethanyleapleyasdfund.org

  • Individual $200
  • Foursome $750
  • Hole Sponsorship $125 per hole
  • Foursome for Military Veterans, Cops, Firemen, Teachers & Special Ed Professionals – 50% off! ($375) Thank you for all that you do!

Can’t attend? 

If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate, you may click here or go to: www.bethanyleapleyasdfund.org/donate 

All funds collected will be utilized to award scholarships to children and adults for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Fitness Center. The ASD Fitness Center is a facility designed specifically to provide a safe, comfortable and structured environment for empowering individuals with ASD to improve their level of physical fitness.

For more information E-mail ASDScholarship@gmail.com