Abramson se­niors give to chil­dren in need

The Willow Grove Guide - - FRONT PAGE - By Caitlin Burns

cburns@jour­nalregis­ter.com Chil­dren at the Ron­ald McDon­ald House in Philadel­phia will get a lit­tle boost to their hol­i­day spirit this year. Res­i­dents and aux­il­iary mem­bers at the Abramson Cen­ter gath­ered Dec. 12 to put to­gether hol­i­day pack­ages for sick chil­dren at the Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

“It’s our priv­i­lege and honor,” res­i­dent Gert Stein said, “to do such nice handi­work that will be ap­pre­ci­ated by chil­dren who need a lit­tle pickup.”

The aux­il­iary club, which is a group that reg­u­larly vol­un­teers at the Abramson cen­ter, heard from res­i­dents ear­lier in the year that they wanted to get in­volved with the com­mu­nity. Past aux­il­iary club Pres­i­dent and Abramson Board of Trustees mem­ber Margie Act­man said when the res­i­dents asked, the group couldn’t think of a bet­ter project to co-spon­sor than giv­ing gifts to chil­dren in need at Christ­mas­time.

“The res­i­dents are thrilled that they can give back and do for oth­ers,” Act­man said.

Gift pack­ages in­cluded hats and blan­kets and a mix­ture of art sup­plies, stuffed an­i­mals, writ­ing sup­plies and toys in three age ranges: zero to 5, 6 to 10 and 11 to 15.

Ac­cord­ing to aux­il­iary mem­ber Rynda Klein, who co-leads the knit­ting group at Abramson, the res­i­dents who par­tic­i­pate in the group have been do­nat­ing hats for more than nine years. She said the group be­came in­volved with Haddassah of the Greater Philadel­phia Area and has been do­nat­ing hun­dreds of hats each year. She es­ti­mates over nearly a decade the group has do­nated more than 3,000 hats that are dis­trib­uted to peo­ple in need through­out the world. This

This year, in ad­di­tion to nearly 400 hats go­ing to Haddassah, they cre­ated sev­eral dozen to give to the chil­dren at the Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

“No two ever come out alike,” Klein said. “They’re as dif­fer­ent as the ladies who make them are.”

The yarn the group uses through­out the year to make the hats is all do­nated by the aux­il­iary club. Although, Klein said they are open to part­ner­ing with lo­cal craft busi­nesses in the fu­ture.

Al­to­gether, the res­i­dents and aux­il­iary mem­bers put to­gether about 22 pack­ages for the chil­dren at the Ron­ald McDon­ald House, which Stein de­scribed as “adorable,” since many were stuffed with child­hood good­ies, wrapped with col­or­ful rib­bons and each had a per­son­al­ized card from res­i­dents at the cen­ter.

“It’s good for us, it keeps us ac­tive,” res­i­dent May Mankin said. “And it’s nice to know we’re do­ing some­thing im­por­tant.”

Abramson Cen­ter Aux­il­iary vol­un­teers Ron­nie Gold­stein, left, Sandie Buller and Kathy Co­hen at­tempt to cut my­lar wrap­ping with­out it rip­ping as they pre­pare a gift for the Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

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