Group supports nonprofit
American Legion Post 869, Archbald, and Unit 869 Auxiliary members recently helped fulfill the mission of Jenny’s Kloset, a local nonprofit.
Legion members, including Terri Heid, auxiliary president; Jerry Heid, post commander; Ed Levandowski, chaplain; Tom Picchini, senior vice commander; and Rick Rusak Jr., vice commander, donated funds to Tina Jezuit, founder, and Jillian Jezuit, board president, of Jenny’s Kloset.
Tina and her sister, Jillian, started the nonprofit, Cancertacular Inc., and eventually Jenny’s Kloset, to give back to the community that stood behind them during their battle with cancer.
In 1988, Tina was 11 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. While receiving chemotherapy at Hershey Medical Center, she met Jenny, a 4-year-old with leukemia.
Jenny became Tina’s sidekick. Near the end of her treatments, Jenny emerged from her hospital room to declare that angels had filled her closet. The hospital’s nurses filled her closet with frilly dresses, her favorite snacks and a few toys, knowing that the young girl was soon to lose her battle with cancer.
Jenny never left Tina’s heart.
In 2016, after successfully collecting canned goods and nonperishable items, Tina and Jillian formed Jenny’s Kloset to help the larger community.
They worked with Maria Kishel, principal of Valley View Elementary, to feed hungry children in the district and in May 2016 delivered boxes of food to six families. Now, around 64 district families, who qualify for free and reduced lunch, receive boxes of food from Jenny’s Kloset every two weeks. Each of the four schools in the district also have a closet to help students without sufficient clothing.
Cancertacular Inc. serves families in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties as well as the surrounding counties. Donate to Jenny’s Kloset at P.O. Box 52, Archbald, PA 18403. For details, call 570-466-0658.
Members of Leadership Lackawanna’s youth program, 2018-19 Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, include Angelina Bellucci, Mariana Leo, Najuk A. Patel and Danyelle Tech, Dunmore High School; Caroline Cadden and Leslie O’Connor, Holy Cross High School; Abigail J. Dalton, Mikenna Lee, Rachel Saxton and Isaac Vierling, Lackawanna Trail High School; Emma Dwyer, Brendan Fitzsimmons, Alyssa Iovacchini, Melony A. Mitchell and Sydney R. Peet, Western Wayne High School; Daniel E. Cummins Jr., Kylie J. Loughney, Jenna Patel, Nina S. Sampogne, Makenna Thorpe and Jakob R. Quanbeck, Abington Heights High School; Lydia R. McConlogue, Meredith Santiago and Fione Evans, Scranton High School; Abbie O’Brien and Caitlin Pagnotti, West Scranton High School; Simal Sami, Taylor M. Seprosky, Nicholas Tomassoni, Ryan W. Turlip and Dylan Howanitz, Valley View High School; Colin Gilmartin, North Pocono High School; Abygale Bergamino, Old Forge High School; and Collin Kneiss, Riverside High School.
The group recently met for its first session, which included an orientation, leadership basics and a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and math related activities.
Tomorrow’s Leaders Today is a seven-month program that develops the leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills of high school juniors while giving them an enhanced understanding of Northeast Pennsylvania.