---- — The Point After Club of Lawrence is participating in an event today at the Statehouse in Boston intended to help change the public perception of mental illness and those who are working to recover from its effects.
Called “Pennies for Changing Minds” and organized by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition, the event was to begin at 10:30 a.m. and was expected to draw more than 250 people who have mental illness, family members, community mental health program staff and allies.
Participants planned to hold strips of pennies as they lined up outside the Statehouse before joining a gathering in the Great Hall.
“We have selected the penny because Abraham Lincoln, whose face is on the penny, struggled with depression and felt suicidal at one point in his life, yet overcame that challenge to become one of the greatest presidents our country has ever known, helping to end slavery and move our country forward,” Reva Stein, executive director of the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition, said in a release.
The coalition’s membership includes over 8,300 people who have mental illness and are members and participants in 33 Massachusetts clubhouse employment and recovery centers funded by the Department of Mental Health.
Family Chanukah Festival Dec. 9
ANDOVER - Congregation Beth Israel, 501 South Main St. (Route 28), will present “Miracle of Light,” starring storyteller Cindy Rivka Marshall on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. The performance will be followed by crafts and games for youngsters of all ages and the serving of traditional Chanukah foods. The suggested donation for this family Chanukah Festival is $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per family. For further information, contact Esther Kaufman at 978-535-5021 or e-mail Principal@BethIsraelMV.org.
Toys for Tots campaign kicks
The Massachusetts State Police tomorrow will kick off its annual participation in the Toys for Tots campaign led by the United States Marine Corps.
Every year for the past 28 years, the Massachusetts State Police has worked with the Marines to collect toys for needy children by using State Police Barracks as drop off locations and assisting with toy drives throughout the state. In addition, State Police plan on holding its annual “Fill the Cruiser” event on Saturday, Dec. 1 at various Toys-R-Us locations across the state.
Dec. 7 is Andover Senior Center’s Holiday Fair
ANDOVER - Take some of the stress out of gift giving while you support the Andover Senior Center.
Andover’s senior elves have been busy all year making gifts for the annual holiday fair, which starts Friday Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. Featured are hand-knit and quilted items, a giant bake table, antique and costume jewelry, as well as live plants and our local garden club arrangements.
All profits from the fair go directly to the Senior Center to support some of the many extra activities that take place throughout the year, including the monthly continual breakfast, “High Tea and History” in conjunction with the Andover Historical Society, as well as special entertainment. Payment with cash or checks only.
If you cannot join in the first day of the fair, items will be available in the lobby during the first part of December, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is located at 30 Whittier Court in Andover. (978)623-8321 for information.
Panera Bread makes $6,750 ‘Dough-Nation’
NORTH ANDOVER - Panera Bread of North Andover yesterday announced it has presented a check for $6,750 to the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. The money, raised through Panera’s Operation Dough-Nation program, will be used to support the Boys & Girls Club’s Homework Help Center, helping the Club continue to provide academic support and to promote the health, social, educational, vocational, and character development for all members.
“Panera Bread is honored to support the North Andover community, specifically the youth that attend the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence,” said Mitch Roberts franchise co-owner of Panera Bread in North Andover. “We are proud to give back to this wonderful organization through the Operation Dough-Nation program.”
The North Andover bakery-cafe originally collected $3,375 from customers through in-store Operation Dough-Nation canisters. Panera Bread then matched its customer donations dollar for dollar, bringing the total donation to $6,750.
“We greatly appreciate the support we receive from the Panera Bread in North Andover and its customers,” said Markus Fischer, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. “This dough-nation will help our Club to continue our mission of helping the youth in our community achieve academic success, commit to healthy lifestyles, and get involved in their community.”