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A Thank You From Kim Callahan

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Jan 052014
 

schoolcolorsblackI am celebrating my 10th year running the Holiday Program for Orange Community Services and as usual, I am so grateful to all the wonderful people who called me to participate or just donate. Every year is better than the last.

People and businesses here in Orange are so generous to my program. This is the most rewarding part of my job working for the Town of Orange, I am so proud to be part of this and helping all who are in need during difficult times for the holidays.

I would like to personally thank: Artie Dixon (local resident/musician) who runs his Holiday Party every year asking for unwrapped toys; Mike at Center Balance in Orange whose clients for the past few years have been so amazing with taking all the children’s names and donating; Church of the Good Shepherd in Orange who took all the children’s names for their wish tree and donated food bags for the families; The Orange Arts and Crafts Guild; Orangewood Women; Coldwell Banker of Orange; Orange Preschool; Orange Community Women; various Daisy, Brownie and Girl Scout Troops; Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Also, the Orange Republican Women, Orange Board of Ed and the Amity PTO; the Orange Democratic Women’s groups and finally Orange residents, employees and businesses who took time out of their busy lives to participate and sponsor a family or senior in our program or gave a donation. There are so many names that it would take pages to list everyone, so I apologize if I missed anyone.

Again, thank you everyone involved in donating their time with sponsoring the families in town who are in desperate need of assistance. As always the response was amazing.

Thank you all so much!

Happy Holidays Everyone

Kimberly Callahan

Administrative Assistant

Community Services Department

Town of Orange

 

 

Don’t Wait For the Holidays: Anytime Is The Time To Donate To The Town Food Bank

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Oct 302013
 

IMG_0221This week while at the High Plains Community Center, I stopped in on the Community Services Department and checked out the Food Bank. Sadly, many of the cupboards were almost bare.

During the holidays everyone chips in and donates items for the food baskets for the less fortunate. But, after my visit, I knew that anytime is the time to donate to the Food Bank.

The Orange Community Services provided Orange Live with this list of Food Bank Needs by category.

Pasta
Boxed Pasta  (They currently have a lot of pasta)
Sauce
Noodles
Mac & Cheese

IMG_0222Beans
Kidney
Baked
Dried
Chick Peas
Cannellini

Vegetables
Green Beans
Corn
Peas
Asparagus
Potatoes
Carrots

IMG_0225Soup
Tomato
Chicken Noodle
Cream Of (any)
Soup Broth

Breakfast Food
Cereal
Oatmeal
Peanut Butter/Jam, Jelly
Coffee
Tea

Canned
Tuna
Chicken
Chili
Chef Boy R Dee
Cranberry Sauce
Fruit
Tomatoes

Toiletries
Soap
Shampoo/Conditioner
Dish Detergent
Laundry Detergent

Paper Goods
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Napkins

Pet Food
Cat Food Dry or Wet
Dog Food Dry or Wet

Miscellaneous
Boxed Potatoes
Bagged Rice
Boxed Rice
Stuffing

Condiments
Mayonnaise
Mustard
Ketchup

Snacks
Cookies
Crackers

Mixes
Jello
Pudding mix
Cake mix
Frosting
Pie Filling

Other Things To Consider
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Shaving Cream
Disposable Razors
Women’s Sanitary Needs

Grocery Store Gift Cards

You may drop off your donations at the Community Services Department at High Plains Community Center between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call Community Services Administrative Assistant Kim Callahan at 203-891-4788 or Outreach Worker Denise Stein at 203-891-4787.

Come To The Shepherd’s Cafe On Wednesday

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Apr 292013
 

The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, has opened The Shepherd’s Café.

The Shepherd Café will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday and will be serving coffee, light snacks and a tasty and nutritious lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This meal will be available to seniors or to anyone that needs or would like to share a meal and some companionship.

There will be menu choices each week with soup and selected sandwiches always available. While there is no cost for the meal, donations are always appreciated.

Bingo and other activities will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This is a new ministry of the Church of the Good Shepherd, and a partnership between the church and Community Services. The Church has ample parking.

While reservations are not needed, they would be appreciated. To make a reservation, volunteer, or to help in any way, please call the church at 203-795-6577.

Community Services will provide transportation from the High Plains Community Center to and from the Shepherd Café.

Call Kim at least a day in advance at 203-891-4788 to reserve a ride.

LETTER: Community Services Seeks Assistance

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Oct 162012
 

The Annual Community Assistance Fund Donation Drive sponsored by Orange Community services is now underway.

Here are some ways for you to help in your community…

Fall Food Drive

1. A Fall Food Drive is in progress to replenish our Food Closet. We distribute non-perishable items to Orange residents on a monthly basis and also in an emergency situation. We cannot accept rusty cans, broken bags, boxes or outdated food. Some suggestions: dry milk, cereal, juice, canned chicken/turkey or tuna, chili, hash, rice, pasta, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, coffee, tea, toiletries, paper goods, Ensure and any other non-perishable item that can help a resident in need.

Contact: Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach Services
(203) 891-4787.
Food Baskets
2. Food baskets containing complete supplies for a meal are distributed to eligible Orange residents for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas.
Contact: Kim Callahan, Community Services at (203) 891-4788 for basket menus and deadlines.
Three Ways To Donate
3. Donations of grocery gift certificates to purchase chicken, turkey, ham, and non-perishables. (Any monetary amount from $20.00 and up)4. Cash donations, gift cards and movie coupons for the children and teens.5. Monetary donations for our Community Services Assistance Fund

Contact: Denise Stein , Elderly Outreach Services
(203) 891-4787Please make checks payable to: Treasurer, Town of OrangeMail 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, your Group or Business would like to help.

WE WILL NEED TO KNOW BY OCTOBER 31st IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP FOR THANKSGIVING AND NOVEMBER 30TH IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP FOR HANUKKAH OR CHRISTMAS.

Thank you everyone
Kimberly Callahan, Community Services Dept.
Town of Orange

 Originally published Oct. 1