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.
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.
Creekside Cares has a new partnership with the Durham Children's Initiative (DCI). We are excited by their mission of providing quality, comprehensive assistance to 1,000 Durham children and their families in low-wealth communities.
We will be conducting a toy drive to bring a bit of holiday cheer to these families as they face enormous economic challenges.
Our first SignUp Genius is to identify members of our Creekside Community who would be interested in helping with the toy drive in either or both of these two ways: 1) as block captains/drop-off locations once collection begins; and/or 2) as phase coordinators working with Lori College via Zoom to plan and conduct the overall effort.
Our first Zoom call involving the phase coordinators will be scheduled for early November; wrapped toys will need to be delivered to DCI by December 7. Feel free to partner with a neighbor or friend on any of these positions; just enter that information in the comments.
Once we develop our plan, we will solicit toy donations from our entire community. There will be an opportunity for everyone to participate in toy donations. Creekside's generosity is legendary. We can't wait to spread some holiday cheer! Click below if you are interested in volunteering as a block captain, phase coordinator or member of our delivery team.
Post from guest contributor: Fred Grossfeld, President of Creekside Motor Club
A BIG THANK YOU for all those who participated in today's Oktoberfest Parade, Car/Motorcycle Show and Raffle! On the behalf of the Creekside Motor Club, I would like to start by expressing my sincere gratitude to Lori College, who contributed in so many different ways to make this day a huge success for our community. We managed to raise $1,680 for Creekside Cares today!!
Secondly, I would like to thank the members of the Creekside Motor Club who generously donated to filling all six of the gift baskets with all those great German goodies. Way to go guys!! Those members include Jeff and Leighann Zeller, Peter and Cindy Sweere, Ravi and Jenny Srivastava, and Joe and Doreen Hafeman. I would also like to thank my wife Katherine who put up with me the past couple of months while planning this event and for arranging, wrapping and decorating all of those gift baskets.
I would also like to thank Stephanie Snyder from our HOA for allowing this event to take place during these very trying times in our lives. Hopefully, today's event lifted many people's spirits. The great weather certainly helped as well!
Finally, I would like to thank all those who participated in today's event, especially all those kind and generous people that bought raffle tickets - nearly 400 of them to raise money for Creekside Cares. Because of that, children from the school that we sponsor will reap the benefits of your generosity!! That is just AWESOME!
I look forward to putting on this event next year and promise to make it a bigger and better event with a bier garden and music. So guys, dust off your lederhosen!!
Once again, thanks everyone for a great day and have a great rest of your weekend!!
Creekside is the most amazing and giving community. We were able to reach and exceed our goal of donating a set of earbuds and dry erase markers for every single student at W.G. Pearson Elementary. It was a lofty goal, but we did it! Each of the 475 students will now have some of the essential tools required for the remote learning.
Our residents' generosity also enabled us to give extra items to another Title I school in the area, Fayetteville Street Elementary. The students, faculty, staff and families of these two schools are very appreciative and thank all who donated.
2020 is no normal year. Our beloved students at W.G. Pearson Elementary will be returning to school on Monday, August 17, 2020 but it will be at least 9 weeks of virtual learning. To answer this unique experience, school officials have requested only 2 items this year for our annual school supply drive. We will be requesting earbuds with microphones and fine tip, low-odor dry erase markers for all 475 students at the school. Please read more about the details on our SignUp Genius. As always, we appreciate your support. This year we have also decided to share any surplus with students at Fayetteville Street Elementary, another Title I school in Durham.
We hosted our first fundraiser at Charming Charlie at Park West in Morrisville today. Pre-Christmas and Hanukkah is a perfect time of year to shop and mingle. We served some delicious "pick-ups" and drinks donated by our generous Blue Belles and enjoyed the wonderful staff and merchandise of Charming Charlie. We were overwhelmed with happiness by our excellent turnout of Creekside residents, friends and family. We all shopped 'til we dropped and left with our hearts and bags full. Nothing compares to sharing good times with friends and doing good deeds.
Charming Charlie will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the evening to our favorite charity Camp Carefree in Stokesdale, North Carolina. We are delighted to be a bit closer to our goal of sponsoring a week of Camp Carefree for at least one beneficiary child with a serious illness.
We're all about charity, service, fun and positive thinking.