Orange County Division 2 Delivers Holiday Cheer

Throughout the weekend of Friday, December 19 through Monday, December 21, 2020 scores of deserving civilian and military families in several Eastern Orange County communities received complete Christmas dinners thanks to the generous efforts of the members of the Father Donald J. Whelan, Division 2 in Cornwall, NY

Special thanks are in order to Brother John Encke and his daughter, Elizabeth Encke (2020 NYAOH Scholarship Recipient) who coordinated donations of turkeys and other food items from Stop & Shop and to Division President Bill Kirnan who organized the weekend deliveries and the complex logistics of deliveries that were as much as 25 miles apart. Members, families and friends turned out in force on Friday night to begin packing the full dinners so that the members could fan out on Saturday morning making their deliveries. 

This year the division began what they hope to be a lasting relationship in helping the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal located in the St. Mary of the Assumption Friary with their mission of caring for the poorest of poor in and around the City of Newburgh and in particular those hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. In making the deliveries on Monday morning, Division Vice President Mike Shannon and Recording Secretary Kevin Cummings made sure to include a hearty Christmas dinner for the Friars and Brothers in residence at the Friary in thanks for all their devotion to the less fortunate in the community. This year’s combined effort was dedicated to the memory of Brother John Greehy who generously gave of his time and monetary support in so many years past. His presence was evident in the words of one of the grateful families who stated “I knew John wouldn’t forget us.  He is just making his deliveries from heaven now!”

Orange County Division 2 Delivers Holiday Cheer

Neighbors helping Neighbors –  On Saturday, December 22, 2018, fifty deserving civilian and military families in several Eastern Orange County communities received complete Christmas dinners thanks to the generous efforts of the members of the Father Donald J. Whelan, Division 2 in Cornwall, NY. Special thanks are in order to Brother John Encke who coordinated donations of turkeys and other food items from Stop & Shop (photos below).

 

Children’s Christmas Party – On Sunday, December 15, 2018, the division held its annual Children’s Christmas Party for member families and community friends. To the delight of the children, Santa arrived in a “special sleigh” provided by the members of the Mountainville Volunteer Fire Department. Children feasted on Mac & Cheese and other delights and then received their presents from Santa. Smiles abounded at the end of the afternoon! Special thanks to Kim Malone and Marge and Chris (Kringle) Sherwood for all their help (photos below).

Toys for the St Luke’s Hospital Pediatric Wing – The holiday season started early with a division sponsored fundraiser “Toys for the Children” held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 and coordinated by Division Brother John Walsh and his wife Kerre. Members, their families and community friends turned out and donated one hundred assorted toys (more than $2000 in value) which were delivered to the pediatric floor of St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh brightening spirits during difficult times (photo below).

Orange County Division 2 Delivers Holiday Cheer

Neighbors helping Neighbors – 
On Saturday, December 23, 2017, fifty-two deserving civilian and military families in several Eastern Orange County communities received complete Christmas dinners thanks to the generous efforts of the members of the Father Donald J. Whelan, Division 2 in Cornwall, NY. Joining members and their families in distributing the Christmas dinners was Sinead Kirnan, 2017 New York Rose of Tralee (above center), daughter of Division 2 President Bill Kirnan. Special thanks are in order to Brother John Encke who coordinated donations of turkeys and other food items from Stop & Shop and to Division 2 LAOH members for their donation of turkey stuffing.

Children’s Christmas Party – 
On Sunday, December 17, 2017, the division held its annual Children’s Christmas Party for member families and community friends.  To the delight of the children, Santa arrived in a “special sleigh” provided by the members of the Mountainville Volunteer Fire Department.  Children feasted on pizza and other delights and then received their presents from Santa.  Smiles abounded at the end of the afternoon! Special thanks to Kim Malone and Marge and Chris (Kringle) Sherwood for all their help. 

Toys for the St Lukes’ Hospital Pediatric Wing – 
The holiday season started early with a division sponsored fundraiser “Toys for the Children” held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 and coordinated by Division Brother John Walsh and his wife Kerre.  Members, their families and community friends turned out and donated approximately $2000 in toys which were delivered to the pediatric floor of St. Luke’s Hospital in Newburgh brightening spirits during difficult times.