Ann's Choice Community Collects Clothing for Kids

More Than 3,000 Articles of Clothing Collected Over the Past Three Years to Help Get Kids Off to School

WARMINSTER, PA - Residents at Ann's Choice sorted and packed up articles of new clothing they collected, which will in turn be given to NGA, Inc. (New Clothes for New Tomorrows) as part of the annual Back to School Kids Drive.  The non-profit organization will distribute the clothing to needy families throughout the region.  Approximately 1,000 articles of clothing were gathered by residents, sponsored by the Ann's Choice Doing Good Committee. Ann's Choice resident Felisa Owen, who helped develop the project six years ago said, "We feel that we get a lot of comfort knowing that we are helping children who may be going to school without a nice shirt.  The children's mothers also feel good knowing that the child looks and feels good in their clothing." "We always feel a sense of pride after helping our friends and neighbors," said Joseph LoCascio, executive director of Ann's Choice.  "Our continued cooperative efforts with NGA play a significant role in the volunteer work we do and we are pleased to help.  One of our missions is to share our gifts to help communities whenever and wherever possible and participating in projects like this are true examples of what Ann's Choice and Erickson Living communities stand for." "This collection drive gives the residents and staff the opportunity to be supportive of our community at large and provides them the chance to help our global family," said Susan Abtouche, director of philanthropy said.  "We managed to collect a large amount of clothing for people in need, and residents and staff worked together to create a spirit of teamwork." This is one of several initiatives fostered by the Ann's Choice Doing Good Committee to aide NGA in their efforts.  During the past two drives, more than 2,000 articles of clothing were collected. Every Thursday, residents from Ann's Choice go to the NGA headquarters to help sort and package up items collected and this past spring, residents and staff worked along girl scouts where they got their hands dirty to plant flowers at the NGA building in Warminster Park. Located in Warminster, NGA, Inc.'s mission is to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged individuals in the United States by collecting and distributing to them the NEW gifts of clothes, linens and personal care items.  This year marks the 125th anniversary of NGA. With more than 2,000 residents, Ann's Choice, which is managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a full service retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's refundable entrance deposit and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into every community, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  And the company's wide-ranging employee programs have earned Erickson Living numerous awards, including Fortune magazine's "Best Companies to Work For®" in 2008 and 2009.