~By Rich Gitlen, LCFS Executive Director
Did you know that you can make coffee with acorns? Did you know that insects are an excellent source of protein? Children at our BOOST summer camp “took a walk on the wild side” and learned how to survive in the wild. Because you care, you provide a safe place before and after school for children facing dire circumstances in Philadelphia. Your gift offers them opportunities that broaden and enhance their learning. By donating today, you can help us start a new program called BOOST University.
In January, elementary school aged children will receive college-like courses in astronomy, robotics, engineering, dance, music, culinary arts, and foreign languages, just to name a few. The courses are designed to encourage them to dream of attending college one day and becoming a doctor, a scientist, an engineer… or wherever their passion leads them.
Serving over 1,100 children in the city of Philadelphia, BOOST (Best Out of School Time) develops the unique talents of each child through educational enrichment, homework help, art and much more. Students also learn to make responsible choices.
When you support Lutheran Children and Family Service, a division of Liberty Lutheran, you provide a broad scope of programs and services to a diverse array of individuals of all ages and backgrounds. You help people like Geraldine, a faithful volunteer at the West Philadelphia Senior Community Center for over six years.
Geraldine, one of the many smiling faces greeting you as you enter the center, attends nutritional and diabetes classes as well as arts and crafts. She credits the West Philadelphia Senior Community Center for providing her with valuable information that helped save her sister’s life.
In 2013, Geraldine traveled to Maryland to visit and care for her sister, Yvonne, who was recovering from open heart surgery. While they were talking, Yvonne became lethargic, her skin turned ashen and she was no longer coherent. Though an occupational therapist present at the time did not seem concerned, Geraldine recognized the signs of distress and dialed 911.
In the emergency room, the doctor quickly assessed that Yvonne had fatally low levels of oxygen and could have died without immediate medical care. Geraldine admits she would not have known what to do had she not attended classes at the Center.
By donating to Lutheran Children and Family service, you help seniors like Geraldine learn the essentials of health and safety so that they are informed and in control. And you give them the gift of life.
Once Yvonne was home, Geraldine put all that she learned about nutrition and exercise into action. She cooked healthy meals and did light to moderate exercise routines with her sister. She even purchased a pill box to organize all of her medications. Today, doctors are amazed by Yvonne’s progress.
The West Philadelphia Senior Community Center provides programs, classes and activities that give seniors dignity and hope. Your donation provides seniors with home delivered meals, transportation to doctor’s appointments, minor home repairs and much more.
Thank you for your support.