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Centre County launches ‘Crusades for Kids' event
Thursday, December 6, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE - The Centre County Commissioners heard from Andrea Boyles of the Centre County Youth Service Bureau and Jerry Fisher of Magnum Broadcasting at Tuesday's meeting, representing Crusades for Kids.
The event is for children throughout Centre County. Christmas is a time of excitement, wonder and hope for children, but for the less fortunate children in our area, it's a time of sadness. But, it doesn't have to be. Magnum Broadcasting in State College, owners of several local radio stations, is doing Crusades for Kids once again.
"Do your part to help the less fortunate kids of Lion Country with the Lion Country Kia Christmas Crusade for Kids," is what the stations website says.
"Every hour on the air from Nov. 19 through Dec. 14, Magnum broadcasting's on air personalities will ask you to help sponsor a child and their holiday gift request."
If you can help, call in during the hour and the on air person will take your information. Then drop off your gift at one of the sponsor locations, the gifts will then be delivered to the Centre County Youth Service Bureau and distributed to the kids. Make the holidays brighter for a child in need this holiday season. Join the Lion Country Kia Christmas Crusade for Kids.
Fisher said there were more than 450 children in need last year and there are about as many this year.
He said the children are not greedy; they seem to only ask for necessities. One child is asking for pajamas, one is asking for bed sheets and another just wants a journal or diary.
The gifts do not have to be wrapped. Simply drop the gift off at a sponsor location, along with the paper that has the information on the child and it will be wrapped and distributed.
Contact any Magnum Broadcasting stations, including WPHB in Philipsburg.
Boyles said the Philipsburg area has been a huge supporter of the program. She said in the past, monetary donations have been received from various Philipsburg locations to help with the crusade, which is very appreciative.
Boyles extended her thanks to Murata Motor Sports, the AMVETS, Range Resources and the VFW who support the campaign.
Carol Waltz, administrator, Centre County Office of Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention-Drug and Alcohol said her office participated in the crusade last year and it was great buying for the children and she said it's a great cause.
Philipsburg area drop off points include Your Furniture for Less, Waterwise Pools, Murarik Motorsports and Moshannon Valley AmVETS, Charlie's Tire and Service in Morrisdale Quehanna Motor Lodge in Karthaus.
The commissioners heard the court administrator's office received a check for $95,000 for some of the expenses incurred during the Jerry Sandusky trial.
Of that $22,000 was for police protection.
In other business, the commissioners:
• approved a lease agreement with Eli Stolzfus to provide space for the Penns Valley Senior Center. This is the current location as well. The contract runs through 2014. The cost is $24,096.
• approved a contract with Scotilla Psychological Services to provide independent evaluations for the purpose of determining necessity of mental health commitment. The contract is for $1,000 through June 2013.
• renewed another contract for the Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities/
Early Intervention-Drug and Alcohol with Eagle Valley Personal Care Home to provide supported living and personal care services. The contract total is $483,000
• renewed a contract with Dr. Kassandra Botti to provide medical oversight to implement and monitor the automatic external defibrillator. The contract is only $300.
• signed a contract with Stenograph to provide software and support for three steno machines. The cost is $1,665 for one year.
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