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Goodness gracious

Group donates to needy people, animals

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September 22nd, 2009

For many, summer consisted of schools hibernating, crickets humming, and people vacationing. Though they may have traveled out of town, members of the Ann s Choice Doing Good Committee stayed close to their ' mission to help others, planning several charitable events and they re not slowing down anytime soon. Summer love In August, the Doing Good Committee partnered with Shop Rite of Warminster for a food drive to benefit the Bucks County Housing Group s food pantry. The food pantry receives state and federal funding, but it relies mostly on the surrounding community to stock its shelves. Summer is the slowest time for giving, says Joan Greenberg, co-chair of the food drive and Ann s Choice resident. Over several weeks, the Doing Good Committee was able to collect 2,500 pounds of dry and canned food. That s over one ton! In another effort to reach out during the summer months, the committee put together a mailing for YWCA Bucks County. The mailing, coordinated on campus at Ann s Choice, was for the YWCA s fundraiser Breakfast with Friends, held in October.

A soft place to fall

With the dawning of September, schools came back to life, and the Doing Good Committee was ready. It hosted a back-to-school clothing drive for the Needlework Guild of America and welcomed others to join the charitable efforts at the Ann s Choice Volunteer Expo. Upcoming events for the Doing Good Committee include a used clothing drive for Goodwill in October, the second annual wrapping project for the YWCA in November, and a towel drive for animal shelters and the local zoo in January. Last year, the towel drive was so successful that it was able to stock the local shelters and give the leftovers to the zoo! From feeding the hungry to comforting the needy, the Doing Good Committee is living up to its name year-round, keeping the community going as members get a chance to be a witness to their own hearts.