Help needed now, not just at hol­i­days

Souderton Independent - - OPINION - Michael Grimm

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The hol­i­day sea­son is a nat­u­ral time to open your hearts and wal­lets fRU RthHUV, but yRu dRn’t have to wait un­til Novem­ber or De­cem­ber to be­gin giv­ing. There are many young chil­dren liv­ing in Mont­gomery County who des­per­ately need our help now.

0RUH thDn 20 SHUcHnt Rf chLOdUHn undHU thH DJH Rf 6 are cur­rently liv­ing in poverty throughout Penn­syl­va­nia. These dis­ad­van­tDJHd NLdV DUH Ln nHHd Rf HYHUythLnJ fURP VRcNV Dnd un­der­wear to ba­sic school sup­plies. By get­ting into the giv­ing spirit early this year, you can help en­sure that a child shows up to school warm and with the tools he or she needs to learn ev­ery day.

0y cROOHDJuHV Dnd , at Shire Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals en­cour­age ev­ery­one in Mont­gomery County to join us in help­ing out Cra­dles to Crayons, an RutVtDndLnJ nRnSURfLt thDt dis­trib­utes the ne­ces­si­ties tR chLOdUHn fURP bLUth tR 12 thURuJh ORcDO SDUt­nHU agen­cies. Your do­na­tions wLOO dLUHc­tOy bHnHfLt ORcDO kids through or­ga­ni­za­tLRnV Vuch DV E6F DUHDP CDPS Dnd RHVRuUcHV fRU HuPDn DHYHORSPHnt Rf Bryn Mawr.

So sum­mon the good wLOO Rf thH hROLdDy VHD­son early by clean­ing out your closet or start­ing a drive at your lo­cal school, sports league or community or­ga­ni­za­tion. Then join oth­ers with big hearts at Shire’s Big GLYH Rn Oct. 12 Dnd 13 Dt WLOVRn FDUP PDUN Ln thH Ch­ester­brook Cor­po­rate CHn­tHU Ln WDynH, PD., RU RnH Rf thH dURS-Rff VLtHV ORcDtHd DcURVV thH GUHDtHU Philadel­phia re­gion.

To­gether we’ll har­ness the re­gion’s gen­eros­ity Dnd fLOO D tUDc­tRU-tUDLOHU fuOO Rf hRSH fRU thRuVDndV Rf chLOdUHn whR wLOO UHcHLYH Dn HDUOy JLft whHn they need it most.

FRU PRUH Ln­fRUPDtLRn, visit www.shire­big­give. com.

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LO­CAL HERO ... Pri­vate First Class Ran­dal W. Linke, a 2011 grad­u­ate of Soud­er­ton Area High School and a Sal­ford na­tive, is cur­rently serv­ing ac­tive duty in the U.S. Army as a quar­ter­mas­ter and chem­i­cal equip­ment re­pair tech­ni­cian at the Fort Bragg Army Base in North Carolina. Linke is the son of proud par­ents Ed and MaryAnne Linke, of Sal­ford.

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