We received a lovely note from Julianne Reas, Gardens for Everyone Project Coordinator. How wonderful to see the tools that were purchased with funds we raised here in Creekside. The Gardens for Everyone project helps residents in the Triangle build raised-bed garden boxes. They provide support from seed to harvest. They have built over 110 boxes. This program enables families to have healthy food all year long. Thanks to everyone who donated.
On May 24, seven Creekside Cares volunteers joined forces with four Fayetteville Street Elementary staff members to set up the school’s new outdoor education area. Thanks to the generosity of the Durham Public Schools Foundation, the school had received a $19,500 grant to purchase 18 steel picnic tables and 10 freestanding benches. After assembling one table and one bench, the staff realized that the remaining work was going to be more than they could manage. They reached out to Triangle Grace Church, which has had a long relationship with the school. Sue Bradley, a member of both Triangle Grace and Creekside Cares, offered to find Creekside volunteers to do the work. One email later, six men had stepped up to help. Work that would have taken the staff several days of hard labor was completed in three hours. Now, the students can enjoy having some of their classes outdoors in the shaded area alongside the school.
Creekside at Bethpage is full of caring residents and neighbors. Our community is beautiful on the inside and the out. We wanted to shine a spotlight on a dedicated group of volunteers who are working to beautify and enhance our community. The garden and bulb planters are an off-shoot of the disbanded landscaping committee. With seed money from the HOA, the group planted bulbs at our front entrance including daffodils, hyacinths, and day lilies.
Members of the group include Terry Billie, Joanne Cella, Eileen Waszkiewicz, Andrew Pettigrew, Jan Jarrett, Kathleen Boyd, Maryann Smith, Karen Finnegan Meyers, Patricia Muldowney, Marie Serrine, Jennifer Srivastava, JoAnn Atwater, Amy Chambless, Rosana Hartley Lisa Leifer, Paul Leifer, Alice Bayne and Anita Mendat Cabacar.
The group has plans to purchase and plant pollinators that will bloom through the summer. The group hopes the plantings will attract pollinators including butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. The group welcomes more volunteers. Watch for additional information on ClubExpress and on the Creekside Talk and Creekside Neighbors Facebook Groups that are open to Creekside residents.
Creekside is a very caring community and we couldn't let this kindness go unnoticed.
We were very excited to be contacted by Dress for Success. They had heard about our good works with the Durham Children's Initiative and wanted to explore a partnership. We shared our current mask-making project with them and they were excited to learn about our efforts. After discussion, it was determined this project would be very beneficial to their clients.
Women have been hit very hard by the pandemic and the economic downturn. Dress for Success (DFS) helps their clients obtain employment and economic independence through empowerment, training and free professional attire. Each DFS client will now receive a set of 2 Olson style masks created by Creekside Cares volunteers. The sets will include 1 Black and 1 Navy adjustable contour mask, 4 washable, removable filters, and 2 aluminum nose strips to help her stay safe.
Women served by DFS are often the sole breadwinners in their families. By keeping them protected, we will be helping to keep their families, our community, and our economy protected. We hope these brave women will be going places, going strong, and going safe! Learn more about DFS Triangle at their website. We hope to conduct a clothing drive for them in the near future. Stay tuned!
Thanks to our caring volunteers who braved cold weather to help distribute school supplies, food and clothing to our families at W.G. Pearson Elementary. It was a rare treat to see (behind masks) our favorite scholars, their families and staff at our adopted school W.G. Pearson. Lots of families participated and went home with supplies and well wishes for learning during these challenging times.
We hope things will return to normal very soon. We received this nice note from the school:
We just wanted to say "thank you" to Creekside Cares for assisting us with the remote learning kit and food distribution on yesterday! It was a big success as we had a lot of parents to drive up, and your volunteers were tremendous!! Your help in setting up a SignUp Genius on short notice made all the difference.
We look forward to getting back to somewhat of a normalcy as soon as allowed. Community support and schools go hand in hand, and we appreciate everything you all do to assist us at WG! We have attached a few pictures for you to share and your records. Thank you again, we will talk soon.
Delbert Jarmon, W.G. Pearson Elementary
Thank you to the entire community for your support of our our Creekside Cares Helps Feed Our Community Campaign. Your generosity is mind-blowing. The Creekside at Bethpage community raised $3,000 total during our 7 day popup campaign. Our Creekside Cares Vice President, Paul Leifer delivered the final $2,000 this morning. With the current doubling campaign at Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, our gifts will be $6,000.
Please be reminded Larry and Scarlett Wilson will continue their collections on their porch at 1016 Cadence. The box on Larry and Scarlett's porch accepts both non-perishable food items and check donations. Since they began their collection 10 months ago, they have collected and delivered in excess of $5,130 to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle along with mountains of food. Their work at the Windsor Springs Senior Facility will continue. As this giving season ends, we know the needs of many will not end. We encourage you to visit Larry and Scarlett's collection box when you can!
It's very exciting that we have two wonderful partnerships in our community with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Creekside Cares hopes to resume our Backpack Buddy and Food Box stuffing programs soon. We can't wait to resume our weekly Backpack Buddy distribution at WG Pearson Elementary. Meeting the kids we were were helping was especially heartwarming.
Please allow your Creekside Cares board to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. We are praying that the New Year 2021 will be better. We are certain our big-hearted community will continue to come together. Thanks for helping us show the world #CreeksideCares.
Thank you for a successful Holiday Zone 2020! We began collecting in our Creekside neighborhood on November 9, and and made our final delivery on Monday, December 7. We collected gifts, toys, tape, wrapping paper and batteries for the children and families served by the Durham Children's Initiative. They needed our help more than ever. We were able to deliver literally hundreds upon hundreds of items and we also donated $1,215 in cash, checks and gift cards.
Your support helped us bring some holiday joy to our community! We helped the Durham Children's Initiative serve 170 families and approximately 500 children! Each family received gifts, wrapping paper and a $50 gift card to Food Lion. Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered. This community is a generous and giving one!
Creekside Cares is proud to partner again with Girl Scout Troop 1001 this year to light up our community. This is our fifth straight year of supporting local girl scouts. Sets of 6 luminaria are available for $6.00 per set. Each set includes 6 white paper bags, 6 votive candles, 6 candle cups and enough sand to fill the bottom of the bags. Residents will light and display the luminaria on December 24 beginning at 7 p.m. Residents may purchase more than one set. All proceeds benefit the troop and their plans for a special group activity. Residents are not required to participate.
This year due to the pandemic, members of the troop will be providing contact-free delivery to your porch. You may reserve your set(s) of luminaria by emailing: email@example.com. Please include your name, address, number of kits desired, and a contact phone. Please make checks payable to: Girl Scout Troop 1001. If you would like to pay via PayPal, please use the following link: paypal.me/troop1001gs in advance. Please remember to include your name, street address, number of kits desired and a phone number.
While Creekside residents are not required to participate, we certainly hope you do. It will nice to shine a little festive light during these trying times and support the Girl Scouts and their wonderful mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Holiday Zone collections continue through December 3, 2020. Collection boxes are located throughout the neighborhood, and at Hemingway Hall. Thank you to everyone who has already donated.
What an awe inspiring sight! Seeing the gifts all together is truly magical. We made our first delivery yesterday to the Durham Children's Initiative on Angier Avenue. As always, Creekside residents are generous beyond imagination.
It has been fun to watch the friendly neighborhood street challenges. The big winners will be the kids and families served by the Durham Children's Initiative. Keep the toys coming, we hope to surpass our real competition, Toys for Tots. Come on Creekside, we can do it. The holidays are a time for the miracles of giving.
We will collect until December 3 and make our final delivery on December 4. Collection boxes are located throughout the neighborhood and Hemingway Hall. It feels really great to enter Thanksgiving week with gratitude in our hearts for the amazing community that is Creekside.
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