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We hope that you had a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite days.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
We are thankful and proud of our employees that give so much to our local communities we serve. As you know, this past Halloween they chose 11 GREAT charities for our annual Halloween Costume Dress for Charity Contest. If you are undecided as to a charity to give too on #GivingTuesday, below is a link to those 11 charities, please, feel free to give to one of these today. Each one is so very deserving of our help!
Won't you join us today and donate to one of the many charities, organizations, and events in your community that work so hard throughout the year for you!
Happy #GivingTuesday and Happy Holidays!!!

Charity: The Wayne County Food Pantry

The Wayne County Pantry Program is sponsored through County Government. It is operated under the leadership of the Wayne County Pantry Board which is comprised of private citizens. Board members are also coordinators at each of the pantry sites. The Wayne County Pantry Program has five sites located in strategic areas of the County to serve eligible County residents.

The five food pantry sites can be found in Honesdale, Lakeville, Newfoundland, Lakewood and Damascus. If you are interested in becoming involved with the food pantry or would like further information, please contact us at (570) 253-4646 or

The Wayne County Food Pantry Program provides nutritious shelf staples which may supplement the applicant?s food budget on a regular monthly basis. The food items vary, and are dependent upon what may be available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, what food has been privately donated, and what may be purchased with available funds and monetary donations. Typically, a monthly food bag may contain canned fruit, meat, vegetables, potatoes, spaghetti, etc.

Information on meal planning, menu planning, nutrition, food storage, food preparation and budgeting are available at the pantry site. More information, and assistance in food and nutrition planning and education may be obtained from the Wayne County Extension Office at 253-5970, Ext. 4110 or via email at

Charity: North Pocono Food Bank

The North Pocono Food Pantry, which has been feeding needy families in Lackawanna County for over 20 years, is a cooperative effort of all the churches located in the North Pocono area. Coordinated through St. Catherine of Siena Church in Moscow, the Pantry operates out of Billâ??s Shopping Center in Daleville and offers non-perishable foods and household cleaning supplies on a monthly basis. Additionally, each family is provided a Thanksgiving turkey and a ham at Easter. When donated, items such as fresh eggs are also included in the monthly offerings.

Currently, over 300 families are served by the Pantry. Those wishing to donate items or needing additional information should contact Mary at the St. Catherine of Siena Church office, 570-842-4561.

Charity: Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

Since its founding nearly five decades ago, CCFAÂ has remained at the forefront of research in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Today, the CCFA funds cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurtures investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finances underdeveloped areas of research. In addition, CCFA professional education workshops and programs, along with its scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. Commended by the National Institutes of Health, the CCFA is collaborating with healthcare providers to improve IBD quality of care, as well as educating, supporting, and empowering patients and their caregivers through patient-centric education and advocacy programs. To contact the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley CC & A Chapter, which serves Eastern PA, call 1-888-340-4744 or email at

Charity: Christopher Rowan Foundation

The purpose of the Christopher Rowan Memorial Fund is to honor this young man's memory by helping youth experience the very activities that he enjoyed and believed in so strongly throughout his lifetime. All donations will be used to sponsor activities such as youth pheasant hunts for first-time hunters and fishing events to encourage kids to get out and enjoy these sports safely and responsibly. Ultimately, as donations are forthcoming for this fledgling program, funds will not only be used to support our hunting and fishing initiatives, but an annual donation to the Nebzydoski White Memorial Jr. Livestock Sale Scholarship will be made to help provide scholarships to participants in the Wayne County Livestock Program.

Charity: Girls Night Out Scranton

An organization that will hold a yearly fund raising event that pampers to women. The event is designed to raise funds not only for a charitable cause but also raise funds for the years event. Vendor cost is used solely for paying expenses for holding the event. 100% of the admission tickets and raffle tickets cost is donated to the beneficiary.

Charity: Make a Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Charity: Ronald McDonald House

Since the day it opened its doors in 1986, the Ronald McDonald House® of Scranton has never closed them. Not for a day, not for an hour in keeping with its credo that all Families depend on us, and we depend on the thousands of people who have supported us faithfully and who continue to support the RMH of Scranton to ensure that our doors are always open.

Simply stated, its mission is to provide a home away from home for families with seriously ill or injured children in area Medical Facilities. We enhance our mission by establishing and managing Ronald McDonald Family Room® programs in area hospitals that provide a comfortable, nurturing environment for our families. McDonald's® is a partner in care and provides, through local donations, about 10% of our operating budget. The other 90% comes from gifts from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations who support our mission. We have gifts from children who bring us their lemonade stand proceeds, gifts from individuals who create their own fundraising pages, annual donations from committed supporters, and gifts of all sizes, from $5.00 to $100,000.

The Ronald McDonald House of Scranton is located at 332 Wheeler Avenue, Scranton, PA and can be contacted by telephoning 570-969-8998.

Charity: The Dessin Animal Shelter of Wayne County

Since its beginning, the Dessin Animal Shelter, a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1968 by mother and daughter, Olga and Dorothea Dessin, has been a means of survival for thousands of unwanted animals abandoned or surrendered for a variety of reasons. The shelterâ??s unwavering commitment is to provide the best possible comfort and care for each and every animal in its care. Every pet is spayed or neutered before adoption, and has been started on a vaccination and worming program.

While it serves surrounding communities and county residents to the best of its ability, it is NOT a Wayne County government office. As a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status, and as such it is totally funded by donations from supporters, fundraising events and the proceeds of adoption fees.

Dessin Animal Shelter: 570-253-4037

Marlene Metzger, Human Society Police Officer: 570-493-3377

For additional information, please go to

Charity: Susan G. Komen for the Cure

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the world's largest fundraising event for breast cancer. It consists of a series of 5K runs and fitness walks to raise money, to raise awareness of the disease, to celebrate those who have survived breast cancer, and memorialize those who have not.The first race was run in Dallas, TX in 1983 with 800 participants. In 2010, there were about 130 races worldwide in which about 6 million people participated. The primary source of revenue for the races is donations collected by race participants in the race.

For additional information please contact:
Susan G. Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania
125 N. Washington Ave., Suite 260
Scranton, PA 18503
Phone: 570-969-6072

Charity: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of its founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital opened its doors on February 4, 1962, based on Danny's dream that "no child should die in the dawn of life." Since then, it has made incredible strides in childhood cancer research and helped improve the survival rate of childhood cancer from 20% to 80%. And ALL, the disease with a virtual death sentence in 1962, now has a survival rate of 94 percent. Today, St. Jude is a world leader in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer, and creating more clinical trials for cancer than any other children's hospital. It freely shares those breakthroughs, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

And still today as when it opened its doors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food â?? because all they should worry about is helping their child live. Danny Thomas passed away in 1991, leaving an enduring legacy and commitment to saving the lives of children everywhere and the hospital he founded is dedidated its motto: "We won't stop until no child dies from cancer."

Charity: Lackawanna County Humane Society-Griffin Pond Animal Shelter

The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter was established as the Humane Society of Lackawanna County in 1938 to provide shelter for homeless, unwanted, and abused animals. A charitable registered non-profit 501(c)3 organization serving Lackawanna and Wyoming counties, Griffin Pond is the only animal shelter in Lackawanna County.

In keeping with its mission to investigate, help prosecute and prevent cruelty to animals; promote adoption awareness, humane education and responsible pet ownership it cares for the many animals surrendered to the shelter until new loving homes for them are found. The shelter currently cares for over 200 animals on a daily basis at a considerable cost when staffing, feeding, medicinal and supplies are taken into consideration. It also provides for animals that are sick, elderly or injured who are in its custody as the result of owner surrenders and cruelty case investigations.

The shelter is not affiliated with The HSUS, the ASPCA or any other organization, and as such it is totally funded by private donations.


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