Sandy victim gets appliances

Art Handler's Appliance Center in Pleasantville donated a complete GE kitchen, including: refrigerator, range, dishwasher and microwave, to Brenhilda Moore, of Atlantic City, at an event hosted by Raymour & Flanigan July 28 to bring awareness and support to the community still suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Scot and Michel Sacks, owners of Art Handler's, said they believe it is important, especially in this economy to give back to the community that has been so supportive of their business.

CASA gets grant

The Ocean City Home Charitable Foundation has awarded a $6,000 grant to the Court Appointed Special Advocates to recruit and train additional volunteers in Atlantic and Cape May counties. CASA volunteers represent the needs and interests of children in foster care, investigating their cases, speaking up for them in court, and advocating for them until they are placed into safe, permanent and loving homes. With the help of the grant, CASA intends to train 80 to 100 new volunteers, who will aim to serve some 400 area children currently living in foster care.

Swim raises $8,600

Ninety area children raised $8,600 for the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center in Somers Point during the 31st Annual Carole Schiavo Kids Swim for Health at Mainland Recreation Association held July 12 in Linwood . The swimmers, ranging in age from 4 to 17, swam more than 10,000 laps. Swimmers solicited pledges from the community. Pledges were based on how many laps they swam.

Named in memory of the late Carole Schiavo, who chaired the event for many years, the event has raised more than $300,000 since it began. Funds raised from this year's swim will benefit Shore's existing Surgical Pavilion and Campus Expansion. To learn more or join the Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center, call 609-653-4646 or visit

Youth raise $20,000

Some 200 area youth in the South Jersey chapter of Our Children Making Change raised $20,000 for this year's six designated charities - The Alcove, The Cape May County Zoo, The Tug McGraw Foundation, Stand for the Silent, Claudia's Fund and Special Olympics. On Aug. 26, the children presented the money to representatives of the six charities. Gillians Wonderland Pier in Ocean City provided them with an evening on the rides, Pisa Pizzeria provided pizza, and Peace, Love Yogurt gave them discounts on yogurt treats.

At the beginning of the summer, 16 children each spoke on behalf of charities that they wanted to raise money for, then the 200 children voted on the six charities to support this year. They broke into teams and held events to raise the funds.

Our Children Making Change is a national nonprofit that inspires children ages 5 to 16 to learn the importance of giving back to their communities and how they can have fun, be creative, and feel good about themselves in the process.

Field Day raises $6,578

Julianna and Max Bidic, of Deerfield Township raised $6,578 for the soup kitchen at St. Theresa's Church in Bridgeton at their annual Field Day for Charity held at their home. Julianna, 15, and Max, 12, started the event three years ago after working in the soup kitchen and wanting to do more to help others. They organized a field day and recruited family and friends to participate. Participants give a donation to register, and Julianna and Max purchased prizes for the winners.

Local businesses, including Team Reed Landscaping of Rosenhayn, American Surgical Arts of Vineland, VIP Auto Outlet in Bridgeton, Polisenos Italian Deli in Rosenhayn and the Safeway Group in Vineland helped sponsor T-shirts and refreshments for the event. Julianna and Max are the children of Nick and Crystal Bidic.

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