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December 19, 2013

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300 kids await Christmas help

HAVERHILL — The Salvation Army in Haverhill needs your help in making Christmas special for local children. Salvation Army Lt. Jeff Hardy says there are still over 300 children who have not been adopted for this Christmas season through the Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree program. If you would like to help make a child’s wishes come true, drop by The Salvation Army at 395 Main St. and pick up an angel. You can shop for that child or pick up unwrapped gifts and bring them to The Salvation Army and the gifts will be matched with an appropriate child. More information is available by calling 978-374-7571.

NECC students help at holiday

HAVERHILL — Northern Essex Community College students in Professor Isabelle Gagne’s Developmental Psychology 1: Childhood and Adolescence course took time to volunteer and donate goods to Emmaus Inc. in Haverhill this holiday season.

After seeing a video in class on homelessness, Gagne’s students decided to help by collecting and donating goods to Emmaus. They decided to do this on their own and out of the goodness of their hearts, Gagne said. Items collected included food, arts and craft supplies, as well as household goods and toiletries.

Students in the class have also been volunteering their time a couple days a week to tutor school-aged children at Emmaus.

Emmaus Inc. is a community-based-non-profit cooperation that provides housing and services to homeless adults and families in Haverhill.

Pentucket aids Loan Fund

HAVERHILL — Pentucket Bank representatives visited the Friendship Drive Housing Cooperative in Salem, N.H., on Sept. 12, along with the Rev. David Yasenka of the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church and Tara Reardon, director of the NH Community Loan Fund, to present the Loan Fund with a check for $10,000. The donation from the bank will be used to assist the Friendship Drive Housing Cooperative in installing concrete pads for the heating oil tanks that belong to the Coop’s rental units. EPA guidelines have prohibited oil companies from delivering oil to any unit that does not sit securely on a concrete base; seven of the units at Friendship Drive did not comply and would therefore not have been able to receive oil deliveries after Oct. 1. Pentucket Bank Senior Vice President John DeBaun was made aware of this issue by the Rev. David Yasenka and worked with Pentucket Bank President/CEO Scott Cote to determine a way in which the bank could assist. The donation of $10,000 was sent to the NH Community Loan Fund, the organization that will then filter the funds to the Housing Cooperative as they are needed to pay for the work. This donation will also allow the Housing Coop to pour a new slab for a new, donated housing unit to be placed in the housing park. This will offer a currently displaced Salem family a stable place to live. For more information, visit pentucketbank.com and facebook.com/pentucketbank.

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