Ann's Choice Community Answers The Call to Help Feed the Needy

Community Gathers 2,500 Pounds of Food to Help YWCA of Bucks County

WARMINSTER, PA - Ann's Choice residents and staff loaded boxes of food - canned and boxes of dry food (about 2,500 pounds) - that they collected over the past month onto an Ann's Choice maintenance vehicle for a great cause. These items were given to the YWCA of Bucks County during the Ann's Choice's annual food drive.  Some residents helped with the process of loading the vehicles with the food. Today's event was the culmination of a one month drive to help feed the needy by Ann's Choice residents and staff.  YWCA will distribute the food to families just in time for the holiday.  This marks the eighth year that the food drive has taken place at the community. "This annual event helps a very worthwhile organization fulfill a need that assists those in the county who are struggling," Ann's Choice Executive Director Joseph LoCascio said. "It is during the holidays that people usually tend to think about those in need a little bit more, but our residents and staff pride themselves on helping the community throughout the year, and gain tremendous satisfaction from ongoing efforts like this collection drive." Ann's Choice Pastoral Ministries Manager Richard Haddon said, "In addition to answering a call for help, the collection is an important event at Ann's Choice because it serves as an activity that contributes to the health and wellbeing of our residents.  During the current economic climate it is difficult for some to afford meals and so we take comfort in thinking that we are helping to make for a happier holiday for those in need." Ann's Choice Wellness Manager Michael Williams said, "An event like the annual collection drive is a perfect way for the residents and staff of Ann's Choice to share their gifts with the outside community and help make a holiday brighter for a family in need." Last year, the Ann's Choice community collected about 2,500 pounds of food, which was donated to the YWCA. The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 122 countries, including 2 million members in 300 local associations in the United States.  More important than the numbers, is our mission to eliminate racism and empower women.  We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women's rights and civil rights in Congress. More than 2,000 people live at Ann's Choice, an Erickson Living full-service retirement community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle.  Erickson Living develops and manages 16 full-service retirement communities that provide 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.  For more information, visit www.ericksonliving.com.