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Merrimack Valley

October 25, 2013

Saturday night fundraiser to help boy who lost leg in boating accident

NORTH ANDOVER — Tickets are still available for the Tommy Strong fundraiser at the Stevens Estate on Saturday night.

Tickets, $25 each, will be sold at the door. The fundraiser will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be raffles, a silent auction, live entertainment, food and a cash bar.

The town-owned Stevens Estate is at 723 Osgood St.

Tommy Cox, 10, lost his left leg in a boating accident in New Hampshire on Sept. 5. Tommy faces a long recovery and his family faces huge medical and renovation expenses.

Seeking Santa’s helpers

METHUEN — Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley (FKMV), a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of local foster children, is issuing a call for Santa’s Helpers to support the annual Foster Kids Christmas Party. The Helpers is a volunteer program designed to anonymously match up individuals or groups from the local community with one or more foster children to help fulfill their Christmas wish lists.

This program is part of the annual Foster Kids Christmas Party organized by the FKMV, whereby age appropriate toys are distributed to local foster children along with a gift for each foster mother. The Santa’s Helpers program provides a personalized, unique kind of gift-giving and creates a memorable holiday season for foster children. The Annual Christmas Party is scheduled in early December.

In addition to being a Santa’s Helper, the FKMV are accepting in-kind donations for the Annual Christmas Party including Pizza and Beverages, Cookies, Holiday Decorations, Wrapping Paper, Tape, Scissors and more.

“The Annual Christmas Party has been a mainstay of the organization. I’m always amazed at how our community participation continues to grow. Last year, with the help of our Santa’s Helpers, we provided toys and gifts for more than 250 children and their respective foster parents,” stated Larry Giordano, President and Founder of the Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley. “The holidays are always difficult times for foster children, they often feel alone and disconnected from their families. We have high hopes that our community will step forward again and help support our local foster children and bring a smile to their faces again.”

For more information, please contact Eileen Giordano at 978-683-2220 or Juliann Grant at 617-909-7414, or email santashelper@fosterkidsmv.org.

Cash donations may be sent directly to: Larry Giordano, Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley Inc., 76 Bonanno Court, Methuen, MA 01844.

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