NEWTOWN MEETING FIRST DAY SCHOOL KIDS RAISE $1,623.85 FOR HOMELESS KIDS
The Newtown Quaker Meeting children and teenagers hosted a Simple Supper, Friday evening, November 6 at the Quaker Meetinghouse to raise funds for Valley Youth House’s Synergy Project which helps Bucks County and Allentown area runaway and homeless youths. They served soup, bread and butter, drinks, and dessert to over 135 people.
In lieu of tickets, attendees were asked to make donations. When the evening was over, the Quaker kids had collected a hefty $1,623.85 in donations for the charity.
During the Simple Supper, Coordinators for the Synergy Project, Rob Wood and Robert Proffe, spoke about how Valley Youth House’s Synergy Project provides immediate support of food, clothing and shelter to homeless, runaway, nomadic and street youth in Bucks County and Allentown.
Lisa Li of West Windsor, NJ, head of the children’s Simple Supper Committee, said, “Rob Wood and Robert Proffe were passionate when discussing the mission of the Synergy Project. They gave all of us present — children and teens as well as adults — a deeper understanding of how tenuous the lives are of runaway and homeless youth in our area. Synergy Project is providing these teens with support and a safe place to go for help.”
Nikki Loscalzo of Yardley, head of the children’s religious education committee, said, “The children were absolutely wonderful! We always receive plenty of compliments about their service. They served over 135 meals tonight to generous donors to help these homeless youth. These bi-annual events are great opportunities for our kids to directly contribute to the community and they have a great time doing it.”
Previous recipients of the funds raised at charitable events by the Newtown Quaker young people have been: The School for Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), the first boarding school for girls in Afghanistan; Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank; Mercer Street Friends Center in Trenton; Haiti Relief; Penndel Food Pantry; Save Darfur; and Heifer International.
Over the past ten years, the young people of Newtown Quaker Meeting have raised and distributed to charities of their choice a total of over $25,000.