Candy Cane Lane coming to Jessup

The Jessup 21st Century Association will host its 25th annual Christmas event next month, but it will look a little different this year.

Starting at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, families can drive through Candy Cane Lane at Jessup Hose Co. No. 2’s Hill Street grounds. Cars will be directed down “Candy Cane Lane” where children will receive Santa goodie bags. Santa and Mrs. Claus will wave to visitors.

The event will help keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Admission to the event is free, but the association is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys for their annual Toys for Tots drive.

Carbondale Area gives back for holiday

For years, the members of Carbondale Area’s Student Council have generously donated to those in need through the Feed a Friend Program.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s collection took on a different look. Under the direction of student council co-advisors Joanna Grizzanti and Teressa Dombrosky, each member was asked to invite their family, friends, and loved ones to make a monetary donation. High school faculty also participated. The effort raise more than $1,000.

Brothers Joshua and Jacob Berg, student council members in the sophomore and freshman classes respectively, collected the most.

“I went around to family and friends to ask for donations,” Josh said. “Normally I ask for canned goods, but with the pandemic, student council kept it to strictly monetary donations. I was happy my brother and I were able to collect as much as we did because people may not have had as much to give this year due to the pandemic, but they were still very generous. I hope this money can be used to provide struggling families with a good holiday meal.”

Giving Tuesday can help YMCA

The Greater Scranton YMCA is asking for support on Giving Tuesday to help children and families in the region.

Giving Tuesday, on Dec. 1, is a worldwide movement that encourages people to give to charities of all kinds. The YMCA’s goal is to raise the funds needed to ensure those most in need from our community can benefit from our services.

“The Greater Scranton YMCA is proud to turn no one away for an inability to pay,” Trish Fisher, president and CEO of Greater Scranton YMCA said in a press release. “Annually, we award hundreds of thousands of dollars to low-income children, adults and families from our community, allowing them to benefit from all the Y has to offer. Funds raised for our year-end appeal will allow us to continue fulfilling our mission.”

Additionally the Greater Scranton YMCA will participate in AllOne Charities’ Giving Tuesday Match Day initiative. Through Dec. 2nd at 4 p.m., AllOne Charities will match contributions participating organizations raise up to $1,000. Donations can be made on AllOne Charities’ website or mailed to 83 East Union Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Checks must be made payable to AllOne Charities.

For more information or for questions on how to donate to the Greater Scranton or participate in AllOne Charities’ Match Day, contact Meghan Carnevale, mission advancement and marketing director, at mcarnevale@greaterscrantonymca.org or 570-828-3113.

Senior group looking for volunteers

Serving Seniors Inc. is looking to recruit Volunteer Ombudsman.

Volunteer Ombudsmen are community members who are specially trained to help clarify responsibilities and rights of consumers in longterm living facilities.

If you are available for a few hours a month, over 18 years of age, concerned about the rights of nursing home and assisted living/personal care home residents and interested in making a difference in the lives of longterm living residents, then you may be perfect for the Volunteer Ombudsman Program.

For more information, contact Ombudsman Linda Korgeski at 570-344-7190 or email lcombudsman@epix.net.

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