The following article was in Sunday's newspaper.....
And there was an announcment today on the local radio station. Woo hoo!
Moms' group aiming to help kids' hospital
Benefit dinner will collect money, toys for A.I. duPont
By ROBIN BROWN, The News Journal
Posted Sunday, October 28, 2007
A mothers' organization is planning its annual benefit dinner Saturday to help cheer up kids in medical crises and their families during the upcoming holidays.
Guests can bring their choice of donation for admission to the event -- $5 per person or a new toy of at least that value.
The Pike Creek MOMS Club's Benefit Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday is the latest event being listed in The News Journal's Help Us Help public service feature that includes an online database, designed to match Delawareans' holiday generosity with events and programs that help others in need.
The dinner, with a silent auction of donated goods and services, will be held 5 to 9 p.m. at Limestone Presbyterian Church, off Limestone Road (Del. 7) in the Pike Creek area.
Adults and children are invited with tickets available -- and toy donations welcome -- at the door.
Both money and toys will be given to the Nemours Foundation of the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Rockland, where the toys will be distributed to young patients during the upcoming holidays, event spokeswoman Erin Lacey said. The money will help support other programs for the children.
Hospital officials ask that, because of potential allergies, all donated toys be new and latex-free. Also welcome are donations of new or gently used DVDs, music CDs, PlayStation games, Xbox and Sega Genesis games, Lacey said. Bath and body kits, youth books, makeup and other gifts suitable for teens also are needed, she said.
Delawareans are encouraged to drop off donations at the event even if they can't stay for dinner, Lacey said. Pick-up of donations also may be arranged, she said.
For more information, to reserve dinner tickets or get information about donation pick-up, call Lacey at 999-1985 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations for the auction also are welcomed.
In its first two years, the nonprofit Pike Creek MOMS Club benefit dinner collected nearly $2,000 that was given to the Mother-to-Mother organization to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
This year, the MOMS -- one of nearly a dozen such clubs in Delaware -- decided to keep the benefit closer to home.
"We chose Nemours as our charity for this dinner because we believe that children should have every chance to be happy and healthy," said Kristen Dunne, President of the Pike Creek MOMS Club. "We want the kids and families at Nemours to know our thoughts are with them and that hopefully, our donations will make a difference in their stay."
Donations of toys and games -- new in their packages, but not wrapped -- are needed for youngsters of all ages who are being treated at the renowned children's hospital, Lacey said.
For information on the MOMS Club, visit www.momsclub.org, where a link provides details on local groups statewide.
Contact robin brown at 324-2856 or email@example.com.
TO GET LISTED
To be highlighted in The News Journal's Help Us Help features, nonprofit groups and community efforts may submit information for publication about benefits and donation drives -- at least two weeks before the event -- to Help Us Help, in care of The News Journal, Box 15505, Wilmington, DE 19809, help.us.help@delaware online.com or by fax to 324-5509. Required information includes the program name, sponsor, donations sought, who will be helped, drop-off sites/times, how to write/send checks, if donations are tax-deductible, event fees, donation deadline, how the needy can apply for help, the name and phone number of a contact for publication and a Web site for information/online donation if available.
HOW TO HELP
The Pike Creek MOMS Club Third Annual Benefit Spaghetti Dinner and silent auction is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Limestone Presbyterian Church in Pike Creek. Admission is $5 or a new unwrapped toy. Dinner attendance is not required to drop off donations, which will benefit Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Rockland.