‘Maddy’s Gift’ Collection Exceeds All Expectations

December 22, 2018

“For it is in giving that we receive.” — St. Francis of Assisi The true spirit of Christmas has found its way to the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville via our readers and many, many gift givers in our area. A few weeks ago, we told you about the Benjamin family, of Kingston, which for the past five years has collected gifts for ill children at the children’s hospital in memory of their beloved daughter, Maddy, who passed away two weeks before Christmas in 2013. Maddy passed away at the tender age of 4. She had Nemaline Myopathy, a congenital, rare genetic disorder and had spent each and every Christmas at the Janet Weis Hospital. Tracy Benjamin had expressed that “Maddy’s Gift” collection would hopefully exceed last year’s toy collection of 300 presents. Joyfully, Benjamin and her family has this to report, “We had just dropped the gifts off at the hospital and our final count for our collections this year was 693. Thank you again to everyone who had donated and helped with “Maddy’s Gift” this year.” Plymouth Kiwanis Christmas party The Plymouth Kiwanis Club held its annual Christmas party recently at the Shawnee Room of Happy Pizza in Plymouth. Following an attitude adjustment hour, a festive holiday dinner was enjoyed by all. Entertainment was provided by the Holiday Concert Choir of the Wyoming Valley West High School under the direction of Choir Director Jill Antall. Party-goers each brought new, unwrapped toys for donation to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots holiday project. Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve attended the party, accepting the toys on behalf of the Plymouth Kiwanis Club and guests. Members of the Wilkes-Barre Kiwanis Club were in attendance at the interclub holiday event. Santa in Swoyersville Update: Santa is coming to town (Swoyersville), for a parade and meet and greet today. The parade will conclude at the borough building where everyone will have a chance to meet Santa. There will be free craft tables again this year. Each child will get a special gift from Santa. Join Santa and Swoyersville Mayor Chris Concert in welcoming all children from 0 to 99. The event was postponed due to inclement weather last week. The parade route begins at Close 2U Storage at 1 p.m. Santa stops at the borough building where he will be inside to meet all the children. Also, the mayor’s third annual Carols by Candlelight will be at 7 tonight, Dec. 22, at Tripp and Chapel streets. The public is invited to come and sing along. This event is sponsored by Mayor Concert. He wishes all the readers of this column and their families a very Merry Christmas. Christmas services The Good Shepherd Polish National Catholic Church, 269 E. Main St., Plymouth, will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Eve at the 12 a.m. Midnight Mass. Public is welcome. Swoyersville holiday schedule Swoyersville Borough’s garbage/recycling holiday collection schedule is as follows: Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the garbage/recycling collection schedules will be delayed two days each of the weeks. Monday’s collections will be on Wednesday; Tuesday’s collections will be on Thursday and Wednesday’s collections will be on Friday. Plymouth High School, Class of 1958 Plymouth High School, Class of 1958, will meet at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Ollie’s Restaurant, 84 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville, in the Narrows Shopping Center for a post holiday luncheon. Call Dottie Wylie Acornley at 570-954-7095 or by email at apsudot@aol.com to confirm your reservation. Reservations must be made no later than Friday, Jan. 11. Plymouth holiday schedule Plymouth Borough administrative offices and the street department will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24-25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. There will be no newspaper recycling on the days the office is closed. Hours of operation will resume at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26. The office will also be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Barbara Pitcavage writes about the West Side. Contact her at rocko1245@aol.com.

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