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  • Mandarin Food Bank PB&J Drive – June 1st – 15th

    During the first two weeks of June, there will be a food drive for peanut butter and jelly. The DWA holds this drive during the summer months when children stay at home and cannot take advantage of the free and reduced-price school lunches. There will be a bin by the guardhouse for donations, or they can be dropped at the home of Carmen Kelly at 10139 Bishop Lake Road. Your support is greatly appreciated.


    The Deercreek Women’s Alliance raises funds through both your annual dues, and our fundraising events, and these funds are distributed across a number of local charities. The chosen charities for this year are Bag Ladies; Books-A-Go-Go; Families of Slain Children (FOSCI); Gabriel House; Jacksonville Humane Society; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Literacy Pros of Jacksonville; Little Hats, Big Hearts; Mandarin Food Bank; New Heights; PACE Center for Girls; Ronald McDonald House; Research is the Answer (RITA); and Sulzbacher.

    Some of these charities need us to run drives – some are on-going as listed below and in every newsletter; some of these also have specific needs at specific times, such as the Mandarin Food Bank’s Peanut Butter & Jelly drive this month whilst others only have these requests at specific times, such as the Ronald McDonald Easter basket drive earlier this year (which you can see the results of below). In addition, some of our charities may ask for volunteers to help with specific projects, such as the Teens for Trac event via FOSCI below, or the New Heights Fashion and Talent Show in April.

    In all cases, the need for assistance is continually growing, and we are fortunate to be in a position to help those charities who supply this much needed help. The DWA has been going strong for over 20 years, and we thank you all for your support.

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    Easter bags for the Easter giveaway

    DWA volunteers at Teens on Trac preparing Easter bags for the Easter giveaway. The teens were designated honorary city council members. We also presented FOSCI with our check for $1600. A fun Saturday!

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    Ronald McDonald House

    A group of the DWA members had so much fun assembling and delivering 60 Easter buckets for the children staying at Ronald McDonald House the Thursday before Easter. While we were there, Carol (Director of Development) told us that they have a constant need for fresh fruit at the house. So, we wanted to reach out to our very generous members to let you know that, although we aren’t doing a special “fruit drive” for this, if you would like to drop off fresh whole fruit, you can simply deliver it to the front desk of the Ronald McDonald House anytime. If you have fruit trees and can’t figure out what to do with all of the extra fruit, please consider taking it to RMDH. They would greatly appreciate it!

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    Shamrock Scramble 2019

    Even though TPC meant that we celebrated St Patrick’s Day a week early, 84 players enjoyed a spirited round of golf, after being piped off by Joann Kucklick, then it was back for a delicious Irish themed meal at the club. Thank you to all sponsors, participants, and everyone who helped make this annual event such a success – even the weather co-operated!

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DWA Spotlight on Charity

  • FOSCI – Families of Slain Children, Inc

    Families of Slain Children’s mission statement is “To provide an adaptive support system that encourages and enables the emotional and physical well-being of families of slain children. For over a decade, through the grace of volunteers and community partners we are the verge of a national movement to put an end to this madness. When a family first encounters the loss of a loved one, FOSCI is often the “first call” and we immediately employ strategic initiatives for financial support, personal development and long term recovery.”

    FOSCI has helped over 3,000 families with the services they provide: Family Support Services, Prevention Services, Job Readiness Training, and Free Health Care.

    The DWA will support this organization with a cash donation and help by meeting their mission of empowering children and families that have lost loved ones to homicide by employing strategic initiatives for long-term growth, community development and educational reinvestment. We will volunteer at their charitable events, candlelight vigils, children programs, and prevention programs.

    For more information on this charity, please visit their website www.fosci.org

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    The Mandarin Food Bank

    The Mandarin Food Bank opened in April, 1991 with a mission to provide emergency food, clothing and special assistance to local neighbors in need. The families that are served come from area churches, schools and by word of mouth. They are not usually homeless, but may be one pay check away from being so. Single parents are the largest group of clients, followed by single elderly adults on a fixed income. While the main purpose is to provide food and clothing, the focus on helping clients with appropriate referrals to rent and utilities and other needed services is an important aspect of assistance. The Mandarin Food bank serves over 6,500 families. The Food Bank is open to serve clients Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11:30 A.M. After hours and on Saturdays, the volunteers receive, pick up, re-stock shelves and clean. The organization is made up entirely of volunteers, and was founded 26 years ago. Hardworking volunteers from civic groups, schools, churches, business, and caring individuals like the ladies of the Deercreek Women’s Alliance provide the much needed support.

    There will be a food drive during June for peanut butter and jelly, email and the electronic sign will provide further details. The DWA supports this drive during the summer months when children stay home and cannot take advantage of the free and reduced price school lunches. Please drop donations in the bins by the guardhouse or at the home of Carmen Kelly at 10139 Bishop Lake Road. Your support is appreciated.

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