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2019 As holidays loom, need in Bucks is great

2019 As holidays loom, need in Bucks is great

You can help your neighbors by supporting Give A Christmas, the charitable holiday drive run by the Bucks County Courier Times and the Levittown-Bristol Kiwanis. All donations go to local families in need. Income has gone up and poverty rates have gone down in Bucks County, but those numbers have not erased the ongoing need … Continue reading "2019 As holidays loom, need in Bucks is great" ...
2019 Give A Christmas: Give back locally on Giving Tuesday

2019 Give A Christmas: Give back locally on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to support your neighbors in need. Right now in Bucks County, there’s a single mother who can’t afford to keep the lights on. There’s a homeless veteran shivering in the cold, in need of shelter and a leg up to start anew. There’s a woman struggling to find the strength … Continue reading "2019 Give A Christmas: Give back locally on Giving Tuesday" ...
2019 Give A Christmas: Kiwanis keeps it all about the kids

2019 Give A Christmas: Kiwanis keeps it all about the kids

Spare time comes at a premium for any working parent bogged down with responsibilities inside and outside the home. With her daughters grown and moving out of the house, Croydon resident Jill Saul used a careful eye to decide where she wanted to spend her extra minutes and hours. The search quickly ended, however, when … Continue reading "2019 Give A Christmas: Kiwanis keeps it all about the kids" ...
2019 Give A Christmas returns for 62nd year of holiday cheer

2019 Give A Christmas returns for 62nd year of holiday cheer

It may amount to a tank of gas for some, or a fast food run for others. For thousands of needy kids and their families, though, $25 could amount to a truly happy holiday season. That’s a truth Mary Berman has learned the last six years she has been involved with the annual Give A … Continue reading "2019 Give A Christmas returns for 62nd year of holiday cheer" ...
2019 Fitzgerald: Give A Christmas returns for its 62nd year

2019 Fitzgerald: Give A Christmas returns for its 62nd year

Give A Christmas program starts Sunday, Nov. 17. Our previous owners, the Calkins family, picked up the initiative 62 years ago at the Bucks County Courier Times, combining with the Levittown-Bristol Kiwanis Club, which initiated the program. The Calkins family then brought it to the Burlington County Times 52 years ago and to The Intelligencer … Continue reading "2019 Fitzgerald: Give A Christmas returns for its 62nd year" ...
2018 Give A Christmas: A tremendous outpouring of giving

2018 Give A Christmas: A tremendous outpouring of giving

Since mid-November, more than 900 people, families, organizations, community groups and businesses have opened their hearts and wallets to assist their neighbors in Lower Bucks County. Since mid-November, more than 900 people, families, organizations, community groups and businesses have opened their hearts and wallets to assist their neighbors in Lower Bucks County. That generosity to … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas: A tremendous outpouring of giving" ...
2018 Medical practice donates $10,000 to Give A Christmas

2018 Medical practice donates $10,000 to Give A Christmas

Just days before Christmas, Bucks Family Medicine, a Levittown medical office, made a huge donation to the annual fund to help neighbors in need. “Merry Christmas from Bucks Family Medicine” read the message from the Levittown medical office. A donation of $10,000 to this year’s Give A Christmas fund was included. Mary Berman, president of … Continue reading "2018 Medical practice donates $10,000 to Give A Christmas" ...
2018 Epstein fund offers helping hand to Give A Christmas

2018 Epstein fund offers helping hand to Give A Christmas

The Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund will match up to a total of $2,500 in donations to the annual Give A Christmas fund. If it were up to philanthropist Gene Epstein, the Give A Christmas fund would be run every day of the year. “It’s incumbent on everyone to make things better for everybody,” … Continue reading "2018 Epstein fund offers helping hand to Give A Christmas" ...
2018 Still time to donate to Give A Christmas

2018 Still time to donate to Give A Christmas

Give A Christmas, which is run by the Levittown-Bristol Kiwanis Club in partnership with the Bucks County Courier Times, works year after year to give at least 4,000 Bucks children a smile on Christmas morning. This year, Give A Christmas has enough to give some vouchers to financially struggling families, but still not enough to … Continue reading "2018 Still time to donate to Give A Christmas" ...
2018 Give A Christmas hears from grandparents requesting help

2018 Give A Christmas hears from grandparents requesting help

The list of financially struggling families is long and assistance from the community helps families have some small relief, at least for the holiday season. Anyone can fall on hard times. It can happen at any time. And it can be especially difficult for grandparents who are caring for grandchildren on their already tight, fixed … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas hears from grandparents requesting help" ...
2018 #GivingTuesday a good day to help your neighbors in need

2018 #GivingTuesday a good day to help your neighbors in need

Now in its seventh year, #GivingTuesday has helped people all over the world with gifts of money, time and assistance. The effort, held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, serves as an opportunity for people to include charitable organizations in their holiday plans. Here in Bucks County, there is an opportunity to assist your neighbors in … Continue reading "2018 #GivingTuesday a good day to help your neighbors in need" ...
2018 Fitzgerald: Give A Christmas once again brings holidays to those in need

2018 Fitzgerald: Give A Christmas once again brings holidays to those in need

One of the points of pride we have as a newspaper is that we exist to serve our local community. Bringing readers local news is Job No. 1, of course, but we do feel a responsibility beyond that. Perhaps the most tangible example of what that means to us has been our decades-long commitment to … Continue reading "2018 Fitzgerald: Give A Christmas once again brings holidays to those in need" ...
2018 Give A Christmas fund begins to bring holidays to less fortunate

2018 Give A Christmas fund begins to bring holidays to less fortunate

Thousands of single and married parents, grandparents and guardians are facing financial hardship in Bucks County, living the sad reality of not being able to afford to give their children a jolly Christmas filled with toys and food. Their stories of struggle are different, but they yearn for the same thing: They want the holidays … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas fund begins to bring holidays to less fortunate" ...
2017 Give A Christmas: Letters from Lower Bucks residents in need

2017 Give A Christmas: Letters from Lower Bucks residents in need

By Chris Ruvo Correspondent: In Bucks County, nearly 42,000 people live below the poverty line. Each one of them is a real person with a story to share. During the holiday season, the Levittown-Bristol Kiwanis Club reads many of the hard-luck tales in letters financially struggling locals send in requesting help from Give A Christmas. … Continue reading "2017 Give A Christmas: Letters from Lower Bucks residents in need" ...
2017 An educator reflects on joy Give A Christmas brings

2017 An educator reflects on joy Give A Christmas brings

By Chris Ruvo: In the smiles and laughter of children, Mary Berman saw the magic of Give A Christmas at work. For 45 years, Berman was an educator in Lower Bucks County. When she’d return to school from Christmas break, she’d listen to the talk of smiling students happily discussing their holidays. And she knew, … Continue reading "2017 An educator reflects on joy Give A Christmas brings" ...

2017 Give A Christmas helps make holiday possible for families

By Chris Ruvo: The grandmother from Levittown was doing her best to keep up with her granddaughters, who lived with her. Still, given her age and a disability, it wasn’t easy coming up with a way to pay for necessities. That was why, come the holiday season a few years ago, she contacted Give A … Continue reading "2017 Give A Christmas helps make holiday possible for families" ...
2018 Give A Christmas this Giving Tuesday

2018 Give A Christmas this Giving Tuesday

By Chris Ruvo: “I am hoping that some way, somehow, I can help them." So said a mother from Lower Bucks County about her young children and their hopes for the holiday season. She expressed the heartfelt desire in a letter pleading for help from Give A Christmas — the holiday season campaign that collects … Continue reading "2018 Give A Christmas this Giving Tuesday" ...
2017 Give A Christmas requests tug at heartstrings

2017 Give A Christmas requests tug at heartstrings

By Chris Ruvo:  The letter cut Patti Stracci to the quick. In it, the member of the Levittown-Bristol Kiwanis Club read about the plight of a single mother who was requesting help from Give A Christmas, an annual holiday season fund drive for the area’s less fortunate residents that Kiwanis conducts in partnership with the … Continue reading "2017 Give A Christmas requests tug at heartstrings" ...
2017 Give A Christmas campaign marks 60 years of holiday giving

2017 Give A Christmas campaign marks 60 years of holiday giving

By Chris Ruvo: Each holiday season, the Levittown-Bristol Kiwanis Club delivers two gifts that nourish the souls of people who need them most: hope and love. The volunteer club, a local chapter of the global Kiwanis International organization, provides that spiritual balm through Give A Christmas. Now in its 60th year, Give A Christmas is … Continue reading "2017 Give A Christmas campaign marks 60 years of holiday giving" ...
2017 Milestone anniversaries for Give A Christmas

2017 Milestone anniversaries for Give A Christmas

By Shane Fitzgerald: This is a milestone year for our Give A Christmas program. It’s been 60 years for the Bucks County Courier Times, 50 years for the Burlington County Times and 30 years for The Intelligencer and together, the papers and — most importantly our readers — have raised significant money mostly through small … Continue reading "2017 Milestone anniversaries for Give A Christmas" ...

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