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Pride in the New Year

     
 

I know, I know… “Steph, what are you doing on page 2? You don’t belong here! You are supposed to be over on page 4! What is this New Year trickery?!”
  Don’t worry, I’ll be back on page 4 next week, but I just had to strong-arm Jimmy out of his space this week so that I could tell all of you about how proud I am to be kicking off the New Year by giving back to local charities.
  After I got him to give up his space, he said I’m supposed to tell you that he says Happy New Year and to make sure that you are safe when you are out and about on New Year’s Eve. He’s pretty adamant about that no drinking and driving thing, so he also wanted me to mention that you can grab a cab by calling 570-322-2222.
  Now that I have taken over the illustrious page 2…
  I want to start by saying Thank You to Jimmy for giving us each space in the paper. I know he doesn’t like to talk about it so I’ll do it for him…Jimmy gives and gives (and gives) all around the community all year long, but this is just above and beyond. Not only do we get to give eight local charities the recognition they deserve, but with each employee choosing the charity we get to spotlight organizations that mean something to each of us individually.
  As you can see on the cover, we have a wide variety of organizations that we donated space to this week. I’m sure that you are familiar with most, and you can learn about what they do in more detail as you read through this issue, but here is a quick run down:
The American Cancer Society – Helping cancer patients with everything from transportation to treatments to emotional support and therapy, to raising money every year for cancer research.
The Central PA Food Bank – Committed to solving hunger in central PA by 2025.
Firetree Place – Engaging the community through enrichment activities and providing resources that will strengthen the community as a whole.
Hunters Sharing the Harvest – Coordinating the processing and distribution of donated venison from hunters.
Lycoming County SPCA – Providing effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout Lycoming County.
Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors – Offering Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, their families, or Pennsylvania veterans with medical emergencies in their families, financial assistance.
Shepherd of the Streets – Providing spiritual, material, health and safety assistance to those on the streets, confronting fear, hunger, homelessness, or other difficulties.
YWCA - Providing free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes.
  I won’t share which employee goes with which organization, but know that these charities are near and dear to each of our hearts. We chose them because of personal connections and beliefs. We all hope that the bit of extra light that we are shining on these groups sparks extra help and donations so that they can continue to provide much needed services in and around our communities.
  So thank you again Jimmy. Doing things like this makes me so proud to be a Webb Weekly employee.

Happy New Year!
  Happy New Year to you and yours!
  What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Quiet night at home? Getting dressed up for a fancy night out?
  Whatever you do, please be safe. Holidays can bring out the worst in other people, so please make sure that even if you are being safe that you are keeping an eye out for others as well.
  Erik and I will be ringing in the New Year with friends. I’m fairly sure that board games and snacks are on the top of the agenda.
  I will probably also spend some time thinking about all those resolutions that I made last year that I didn’t accomplish. Ehhhh, no worries, I’ll just try again this year!