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Holiday Magic at Wissahickon Valley

 

Wissahickon Valley had some special visitors join us last week. Spruce Run Farm surprised our members with two reindeer! Clarice and Ginger left our kids speechless and enthralled. This magical moment was enhanced even more when Santa arrived with the Whitpain Fire Company!! Our club members got pictures with Santa and the most photogenic reindeer ever, Clarice.

Not only were our members able to interact with the reindeer, but they also learned lots of new information. Did you know that male reindeer can reach 400  – 500 lbs? This is twice the amount that a female reindeer weighs! All reindeer shed their antlers however, males lose their’s in the fall while female’s keep theirs through the winter and into the spring.

Although Clarice and Ginger were not the flying type, they provided so much joy and excitement. Families, club members and neighbors alike joined in the magic that is reindeer!! We cannot thank Mr. Dave and Ms. Cassandra enough for making the trip to Wissahickon Valley from their farm in Bloomsburg. Clarice, Ginger and Santa will always serve as a magical memory for our Boys & Girls Club family!!

Help Spread Holiday Cheer

It’s that time of year again! The 2018 holiday season is officially upon us and just in case you are looking for a way to give back, we have a few ideas!

Every season, the Wissahickon Valley Boys & Girls Club has 50 families who need assistance providing holiday gifts for their children. We make it easy for you to get involved and help these deserving kids have the best holiday season ever! We communicate with both the children, their parents and siblings to provide you with an easy wishlist. Contact lbetterly@npvclub.org for more information on adopting a club family this season!

If you happen to swing by our Facebook page, you’ll find two more ways to give to kids in need. Giving Tuesday is a national giving holiday (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving). This year, Tuesday November, 27th is the date to give! Whether you feel comfortable donating monetarily, or in a more physical form, we have options for you. Follow the link to our Amazon Wishlist which is continually updated with the Club’s latest needs. On Giving Tuesday, make sure to check out our Instagram page in addition to Facebook for information on monetary donations!!

We wish you a fun-filled, joyous holiday season and hope that you consider Wissahickon Valley when you are looking to spread holiday cheer!

 

PPL Grant Received!

 

North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Club is pleased to announce it has received a $2,500 from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support Project Learn, a free academic assistance program for economically advantaged students.

The North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Club partners with the North Penn, Souderton Area and Wissahickon School Districts to provide Project Learn to students in Grades 1 through 5 in five locations: the North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Club in Lansdale, Indian Valley Boys & Girls Club in Souderton, Wissahickon Valley Boys & Girls Club in Ambler and Hatfield Elementary School and Oak Park Elementary School. The program focuses on providing Reading and academic support to students referred by their school district. The grant received from the PPL Foundation will go directly to providing this program free to qualifying students.

Boys & Girls Club CEO, Robert Kreamer says, “this grant will directly support the students we serve through Project Learn and aid us in fulfilling our mission to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizen.”

The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.

“PPL is committed to improving the communities where our customers and employees live and work,” said Carol Obando-Derstine, PPL Electric Utilities’ regional affairs director. “Supporting local organizations like the Boys & Girls Club, which enhance education for our community’s children today will help them be prepared for high-quality jobs tomorrow.”

Thank you Bergey’s Ford in Ambler

 Just in time for Winter! Dan Marlin and Sonja Desimone of Bergey’s Ford of Ambler brought new winter coats to the members of the Wissahickon Valley Boys & Girls Club through the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation. The foundation is distributing a record 51,696 brand-new winter coats to area children in need this month. The effort is part of the eleventh annual Driving Away the Cold program, which involves approximately180 local auto dealers teaming up for the greater good. One in six children in the Greater Philadelphia region lives in poverty and a warm winter coat is one of the essential items they often live without. This program aims to change that. For more information on the program visit: MoreThanAutoDealers.com for details.

Save the Date!!!

Thursday, October 11th: 13th Annual Chefs of the Burbs, PineCrest Country Club, 6-9pm

Please join the Rotary Club of Blue Bell for a festive evening of food, drink, and entertainment while helping to support local and international causes! This year’s event features over 20 of the area’s very best Chefs on site, creating delicious dishes and desserts. Enjoy beer, wine, and live music while bidding on restaurant raffles and silent and live auction items. The club’s theme this year is ‘Building a Brighter Future for Our Kids‘. Proceeds from our auctions will benefit the Wissahickon Valley Boys & Girls Club and the Interfaith Housing Alliance.

Purchase tickets at www.bluebellrotary.org