Nov. 20, 2014 – SMITHTOWN, N.Y. — The Family & Children’s Association located through out Long Island has developed a very special program aimed toward helping over 9,000 senior citizens who are homebound, living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or adult homes. This program’s mission is to bring holiday cheer to local senior citizens in need.
This program is called “Silver Bells”, and offers caring individuals a chance to give from the heart to those 60 years and over who are isolated and alone during the holiday season. Family & Children’s Association is accepting donations of practical, everyday items that greatly enhance the well being of seniors. All of the donations are placed in holiday gift bags by volunteers and delivered during the weeks leading up to New Years Eve.
The Holiday Inn in Westbury, NY owned by Mr. & Mrs. Halpern heard about this program and were eager to help. (http://www.hiwestburyhotel.com) met with representatives from Family & Children’s Association and offered aid to the organization over the holiday season, when the need for supplies becomes critical.
The owners and staff of the Holiday Inn supplied the organization with large boxes of donated tissues, detergents, and a collection of toiletries. Mr. Barry Halpern and Mrs. Ellen Halpern, who are known for being extremely charitable have participated in, and hosted many charity events at the hotel. When asked why working with these local nonprofit organizations was so important, Mrs. Halpern explained;“Barry and I have always given to charitable organizations. We feel this concept is just incredible and we look forward to working closely with the Family & Children’s Association.”
Franklin Manchester, the General Manager of the hotel said; “The Holiday Inn Westbury truly loves giving back to the community. We believe this to be a great opportunity and a privilege to assist those in need that are right here on Long Island.”
Joyce Mullen, the Director of Marketing & Communications at Family and Children’s Association had the opportunity to be present at the donation pick up. The organization was very thankful for the kindness and generosity shown with the hotel’s donation to the Silver Bells program, and looks forward to working with them in their shared mission to help Long Islander’s in need.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Holiday Inn and look forward to a long and fulfilling friendship.”Said Joyce Mullen, who also informed us that if any individuals would like to donate to their Silver Bells program, they can do so by sending donations to the organization, or if they do not have time to shop, they can simply visit www.familyandchildrens.org/donate to make a donation and Family & Children’s Assoc. will do the shopping for them.
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Family & Children’s is a not-for-profit agency helping nearly 20,000 of our neighbors each year. For more than 130 years, we have worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.