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Fighting Hunger: Represent the Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative at parade

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by SHARI NOCTOR in Local News

Please help support Coplay Borough’s 150th celebration by walking with us in the anniversary parade. We are sure to have a great time!

The parade starts 1 p.m. May 18 at Ninth and Chestnut streets, moves down Chestnut to Second Street and turns on to Hokendauqua Street. It will end near the Coplay Saengerbund. The total walk is less than a mile.

Representing the Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative’s summer breakfast camp and free community meals, we will be showcasing our summer breakfast banner and will have our small community meal signs. The Redeemed Christian Church of God, 5 N. Third St., graciously hosts our summer breakfast camp in Coplay. And Commitment to Family & Community, St. Peter Roman Catholic Church and Redeemed Christian Church of God all provide free community meals.

Please let me know if you can come to the parade so I can keep a list. Bring your family and friends. We really would like a great showing and will meet around 12:30 p.m. at Ninth and Chestnut streets.

Our summer breakfast camp starts June 17 and runs 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 23. We feed the children, do reading, make an array of arts and crafts and have special visitors talk with the children.

We are in need of volunteers to help 8-11 a.m. at our Coplay site. You can come once, pick one day a week or all summer — whatever your schedule allows. For more information and to schedule your time, contact Patricia Karo at 610-417-1579.

We also have a second summer breakfast camp location at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 835 Third St., Fullerton. Contact Lana Snyder at 610-533-1357.

Both camps have food and activity needs that the public can help with.

Food items needed: 64-ounce juice bottles, cereal, cooking oil, macaroni and cheese (family boxes or individuals), granola/snack bars, jelly, juice boxes/pouches, pancake mix, pancake syrup, peanut butter, 8-ounce shelf-stable milk, snack crackers (cheese or peanut butter), soup, small boxes of raisins, cereal boxes/cups, fruit/applesauce cups, Jell-O/pudding cups, Chef Boyardee meals, oatmeal and fruit/gummy snacks

Crafting items needed: small bottles of acrylic paints, watercolors, watercolor paper, painting canvasses, air-dry clay, construction paper, origami paper, coloring books, adult coloring books for older campers, thin-tip markers, assorted beads, beading threads (plain and elastic), knitting yarn, circular knitting needles (size 8 or 9), yarn for knitting scarves, craft glue, craft scissors, clear tape and hula hoops to use for weaving

Games needed: New or gently used board games, bean bag set, life-size games

These items above can be dropped off anytime to me at Re/Max Unlimited Real Estate, 1080 Schadt Ave., Whitehall — across from Hackman’s and the post office.

Starting June 1, three other locations besides my office will be available for drop-offs: Whitehall Township Municipal Building, 3219 MacArthur Road; Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road; and Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Currently, these sites are helping us collect items for our Snack Pack Pals though May 31.

Perishable foods are to be delivered Monday mornings starting June 17. For other times, please contact Lana. Some perishable food items needed are fresh fruit, fresh baby carrots or celery, string cheese, half gallons of milk, eggs, cream cheese (plain and strawberry), lunch meat, cheese, yogurt (assorted flavors), precooked bacon, frozen hash brown patties, frozen breakfast sausage, spreadable butter, mini bagels/English muffins and bread.

Thank you in advance for helping us. Hope to see you at the parade!