The Holiday Programs for The Orange Community Services takes place every Thanksgiving and Christmas and, as usual, we are so grateful to all the wonderful people who participated, donated food, baskets, gift cards and toys, every year is better than the last. In addition, we received many generous monetary donations to the Community Assistance Fund which supports the Holiday Programs and the Food and Fuel Banks. The Lions Club held its annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Orange residents; it was a huge success and well attended. Maplewood of Orange hosted its annual Festival of Lights Event with a silent auction of beautifully decorated trees; of which the proceeds were donated to the Community Assistance Fund. We are privileged to have so many businesses, organizations, schools, places of worship, employees and individuals that have been so generous to our programs.
We would like to thank: American Seal and Engineering Company, Bobs Furniture, Mr. L Matthies, Dr.and Mrs. Gustave L Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Proestakes, and the Town of Orange Highway Department for their very generous monetary donations, The Lions Club for the delicious Thanksgiving Dinner, Maplewood for donating the proceeds of the Festival of Lights, Artie Dixon (local resident/musician) who runs his Holiday Party every year asking for unwrapped toys, Ed Wormley for donating twenty turkeys to supplement the Thanksgiving Baskets, The Barrett Family for their generous donation of grocery gift cards, Mrs. Gagel for donating the beautiful handmade children’s hats and sweaters, Mike at Center Balance in Orange whose clients, for the past few years, have been so amazing with taking all the children’s names and donating; Church of Good Shepherd in Orange who took all the children’s names for its wish tree and also donated food bags for the families too; The Orange Chamber of Commerce, The Orange Board of Education, Or Shalom; Red Hatters of Orange, Orange Arts Council, Wesley Village, Orange Healthcare, Home Depot, Mr. Ralph Okenquist, Orangewood Women, Coldwell Banker of Orange, Orange Community Women, various Daisy, Brownie, Girl Scout Troops, Cub Scout & Boy Scouts. Also the Orange Republican Women, the Amity PTO; Holly Hill Daycare; Amity Middle School; Temple Emanuel, Peck Place School, Turkey Hill School, Race brook School, and finally, all the residents who gave monetary and food donations. We want to thank all who took time out of their busy lives to participate and sponsor a family or resident for our programs or to give a donation. A special thanks to Patti Pretlove for all her hard work getting baskets, turkeys and hams. There are so many generous donors it would take pages to list everyone so we apologize if we missed anyone.
Again, thank you to everyone involved in donating to the Community Assistance Fund and sponsoring the Holiday Programs that provide for Orange residents in need. Your kindness and generosity is so greatly appreciated. As always the response was amazing!
Thank You All So Much!
Joan Cretella, Director Orange Community Services
Denise Stein, Outreach/Municipal Agent
Kim Callahan, Administrative Assistant