Voices From The Readers

Voices From The Readers

Winter Donations Eyed
The Noel Community continues its outreach program during the cold winter months.

We are in need of gloves, hats, socks, and blankets. This Valentine’s Day, open your heart and share the gift of warmth during our 11th Annual gLOVEs drive. Please consider dropping off a donation of a new pair of gloves, hats, socks, or blankets at the Ocean Pines Library on Cathell Road between Feb. 1 and 15.

The Noel Community will distribute your donations to several local food pantries, low income day care facilities, and other groups that provide social services to those in need.
The Noel Community

Support Appreciated

On behalf of all those served by Worcester County GOLD, Inc. (Giving Other Lives Dignity), we would like to thank everyone who had a part in making the Christmas season merrier for the poor around us through our Helping Hands for the Holidays program.

As is evident all around us, this is a challenging time for businesses, families and also for us here at GOLD as we daily attempt to help with emergencies such as food, housing, fuel, utilities and medicine for those referred to us by local agencies. In 2012, Worcester County GOLD was able to assist more than 2,100 local citizens with emergency services.

As our 16th Annual Helping Hands for the Holidays project approached, hundreds of requests poured in on behalf of less-fortunate families, and we served more people than ever before. Thanksgiving kicks off our holiday season, and with the continuing efforts of David Gaskill of the Worcester County Bar Association providing every referred family with a turkey and a box of food, we set new records in serving the needy in 2012.

With Worcester County GOLD’s small staff, this level of daily and holiday service would not be possible without caring and generous community friends who partnered with us by giving of their time (hundreds of hours), talents (several men refurbished bikes to look brand new) and resources (Ocean City Elks gave 110 winter coats and sponsors bought gifts for hundreds of children) to meet the needs of others during this Christmas season and every day.

Again, we thank all of you who gave in any way to help others have a merrier holiday season.
Darlene Onley
Snow Hill
(The writer is the executive director of Worcester County GOLD.)

Donations Welcomed

The Worcester County Humane Society would like to thank the staff and patrons of Gold’s Gym in Ocean City collecting donations for our shelter over the holiday season.

Since we depend on donations to help care for and feed our many animals, the truckload of food, toys and other supplies was greatly appreciated.

We are lucky to be part of such a generous community and could not continue our work without people like you.

Kenille Davies
West Ocean City
(The writer is the director of the Worcester County Humane Society.)

Letter Of Thanks

I would like to send an enthusiastic and heartfelt letter of thanks from the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) for the tremendous community support of the Hair of the Dog race.

Early on New Year’s day morning, more than 650 athletes and plus hundreds of spectators, party-goers and volunteers gathered on the Bethany Beach boardwalk for the 2nd Annual Hair of the Dog race. The 5K/10K run and walk is one of our fundraising events which help us to continue awarding scholarships to local students and grants to local organizations in our efforts to enhance the community for residents and visitors alike.  

I am delighted to report that thousands of dollars were raised for the people and programs the QRCF supports. Start to finish, the Hair of the Dog was a great time for a great cause.

We received amazing support from the Town of Bethany Beach, you and our sponsors: 3rd Wave Brewing Company, Bethany Beach Books, Boyden Design, Coastal Point, Delaware Wave, DiFebo’s, Giant Food, Harris Teeter, Just Hooked, Law Offices of Scott & Shuman, P.A., Leslie Kopp, Loftus Wealth Strategies, Mango’s, Ocean View Vet, Rehoboth Beach Sports, Sedona, State Farm – Denise Beam, Tidewater Physical Therapy, Tidepool Toys and Games, Transformative Dynamics, and Yuppy Puppy. We also received tremendous support from local and visiting athletes, spectators, and volunteers. A true community-building event happened and we kicked off the 2013 with gusto.

I would like to extend special thanks to Hair of the Dog chairs Eunice Carpitella, Faith Denault, Jackie Inman, and Michael Loftus and committee members Ann Kangas, Marian Parrott, and Karen Taylor, and Race Director Rick Hundley. They contributed hundreds of hours organizing what all will agree was a successful and lucrative event.

At the after-race party at Mango’s as a special feature, we presented CHEER’s Meals on Wheels program with a $25,000 contribution, the largest single gift in our all-volunteer organization’s 11-year history. In all, we have awarded nearly $500,000 to date, and anticipate giving more soon.

In fact, there is another opportunity to support the QRCF’s programs at BunnyPalooza! on March 30, 2013, the next run/walk in our series. More information can be found at www.Bunnypaloozarun.com.

K. William Scott, Esq.,
(The writer is the president of Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation