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Ann's Choice collects clothing for needy families

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September 15th, 2010
ACH Clothing Drive
ACH Clothing Drive

 Residents and staff at Ann s Choice, an Erickson Living community, sorted and sent out articles of new clothing they collected which were in turn given to NGA, Inc. (New Clothes for New Tomorrows). The nonprofit organization will distribute the clothing to needy families throughout the region and United States. Approximately 800 items were gathered by residents and staff. Ann s Choice resident Felisa Owen, who helped develop the project five 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. 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. During this difficult economic time, NGA has been faced with a decrease in corporate clothing donations and a dramatic increase in the need for our services, said Michelle Bonn-Rich, NGA executive director. Our friends at Ann s Choice have truly been instrumental in helping NGA fulfill these needs. A hearty thanks to them. This is one of several initiatives fostered by the Ann s Choice Doing Good Committee to aide NGA in its efforts. During last year s drive, more than 350 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 and got their hands dirty planting 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 gifts of new clothes, linens, and personal care items. This year marks the 125th anniversary of NGA.