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Several individual contributions rolled in during a quiet week of Helping Hands activity.

Giving $100 contributions each were, “In Memory of Paul and Terry Greco,” Edith and Kenneth Shimokochi, June Eicker, and ER Thompson.

Allan and Patricia Lange donated $50, bringing this week’s total to $450. On the year, the unofficial total is $8,550.

Weeks of Nov. 6

Several individual contributions rolled in during a quiet week of Helping Hands activity.

Giving $100 contributions each were, “In Memory of Paul and Terry Greco,” Edith and Kenneth Shimokochi, June Eicker, and ER Thompson.

Allan and Patricia Lange donated $50, bringing this week’s total to $450. On the year, the unofficial total is $8,550.

Weeks of Nov. 6

About $900 in donations were received this week for the 2014 Helping Hands holiday food drive, bringing the unofficial overall total to $8,100. This year’s goal is $22,500.

There were three donations of $200 each: Longtime GV Kiwanian John and Elaine Nichelson, In Memory of Tom and Jan  Gohata, and from an anonymous individual(s).

Elaine and Eleanor Bersano and the Sons of Italy delivered a $100 check, Hands coordinator Evette Wedlow-Benjaman said.

Alton and LaVerne Knight gave $100 this past week. LaVerne is a Gardena businesswoman and Wall of Fame inductee.

A $100 donation was given by Tom Parks, retired executive director of the Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce. Parks is also a former GVN columnist, author of the “Gardena Ramblings.”

Donating to the food pantry was Boy Scout Troop 948 of Torrance. Scout members show up Sunday to deliver 521 items of canned and non-perishables.

Weeks up to Oct. 30

The Gardena Elks Lodge No. 1919 has kicked off the 2014 food drive with a $4,000 donation.

The fraternal organization opened the 2014 Gardena Helping Hands holiday food drive for the needy with an impressive $4,000 check. The Elks annually lead the holiday food drive and all donators in general.

Exalted Ruler Alyssa Santos of BPOE 1919 made the check presentation Oct. 1 to the Helping Hands coordinator, Evette Wedlow-Benjamin, at the Gardena Elks Lodge. In attendance for the presentation were Elks members.

The Elks gift to the holiday Helping Hands drive was generated through its very successful bingo program. The Hands money will go toward grocery food vouchers.

Richard M. Kaya donated $2,000, possibly the largest gift received from an individual.

Terry and Betty Kennedy gave $400, followed by retired Recreation Division director, Loyce Holt, with $300.

Giving $200 each was Evelyn B. Nall in Memory of Norma Nall, and the Hoodlums Club, Inc.

Mas Fujita contributed $100 to bring the week’s total to $7,200.

A word from director Evette Wedlow-Benjamin:

More than 2,360 individuals living in Gardena, many of them children and seniors will not be able to enjoy the holidays without the food, gifts and toys that many of us take for granted.

 

Helping Hands, which is a combined effort of the Elks Lodge 1919, Lions and many other service groups and churches in the City of Gardena, is now entering its 33rd year of community service, will make the holidays a bit more comfortable for those who are low income or unemployed.

 

You can assist with Helping Hands with food, new unwrapped toys or monetary donations by dropping them off or mailing them to:

 

Drop off or send donations to:

City of Gardena

Human Services Division

c/o Helping Hands

1651 W. 162nd Street, Gardena 9024

 

For more information, contact the Human Services Division at 310-217-9574.

 

For a great cause

Now in its 33rd year, Gardena’s holiday food drive will benefit more than 400 needy families in the community, and will serve more than 1,700 people with grocery vouchers and gifts for the kids.

Sponsored by the city of Gardena in cooperation with the Gardena Valley News, the holiday food drive began in 1981 as a food basket giveaway to Gardena’s less fortunate.

In recent years, food vouchers to area grocery stores have replaced food baskets, which provides families with a greater selection of food items, including dietary and ethnic items.

Every year, Helping Hands receives palettes of canned foods from various groups for the holiday.

The city of Gardena provides all staffing in the Hands drive and all monetary contributions go toward the holiday fund-raiser and the year-round food pantry. No money is used for administrative costs.

As in the past, the Gardena Valley News will publish a list of contributors, with a weekly update of new donors.

            Week ending Nov. 10           

June Eicker            $100

In Memory of Paul and Larry Greco            $100

Edith and Kenneth Shimokochi            $100

ER Thompson            $100

Allan and Patricia Lange            $50

            (Unofficial total) $8,550

 

            Week ending Nov. 3

John and Elaine Nichelson            $200

In Memory of Tom and Jan Gohata            $200

Anonymous            $200

Alton and LaVerne Knight            $100

Sons of Italy & Elaine and Eleanor Bersano            $100

Tom Parks            $100

            (Unofficial total) $8,100

 

            Week ending Oct. 27

Gardena Elks Lodge 1919            $4,000

Richard M. Kaya            $2,000

Terry and Betty Kennedy            $400

Loyce Holt            $300

Hoodlums Club, Inc.                        $200

Evelyn B. Nall            $200

Mas Fujita            $100

 

            Total            $7,200

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