Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, November 22, 2010

NSL’s Holiday Assistance Program

Do you know someone unemployed, a family struggling to stay together, or with health issues? Norwood Service League is offering Holiday Assistance Program for those in need. NSL’s HAP consists of a food basket with poultry, ham, canned and packages foods, holiday cookies per family loaded in a reusable laundry basket. NSL also can help with toys for children ages 0-17 years old. NSL has handmade winter scarves, hats, gloves and mittens. Winter coats are distributed per need when available. Pick up HAP applications during normal business hours at Norwood Service League - Graff Building, 2071 Lawrence Ave. Completed applications must be returned by Friday, December 3. Approved applicants will receive December 16 distribution information by social worker.

Do you wish to donate or help NSL with our needy neighbors? We appreciate food and personal hygiene drives held through your church, workplace, civic or fraternal organizations. We accept donations of new toys for children ages 0-2 years old, and 9-12 years; gift cards are much appreciated for teens ages 13-17 years. Cash donations are also accepted.

Gently used or new coats for men, women and children of all ages are appreciated, and distributed between November-February.

All donations are accepted throughout December during normal business hours or by appointment. Please call Misty at 924-1200 for more information.

Sunday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m., NSL is co-sponsoring “Norwood Children’s Christmas Celebration” with Ashland Avenue Baptist Church, Ashland & Lafayette Avenues. All children and their families are invited for a Children’s Choir Program, door prizes for adults and children, followed by holiday food in the Family Life Center. All visiting children will receive a Santa Hat filled with candy, fruit, small toys. Great family time.

Sharing a personal story: “As a child, I grew up in poverty in the sense that our loving family had little beyond a meal and roof over our heads. I grew up wearing used clothing and shoes. I remember one Christmas season my dad was injured, couldn't work, and my mom made oatmeal for dinner. A local charity knocked at our door, saying they heard we needed some food. They brought in bags of food and potatoes, a ham, and toys for me and my siblings. My folks were grateful for the help. What impressed me the most, even as a child, was that people we didn’t even know, cared about us. This memory has been the driving force in all that I do in life, to encourage others to care about their needy neighbors.”

Lupe González-Hoyt

Norwood Service League