During a festive holiday party at the Beardsley household, the ladies were all sitting around reminiscing on all the incredible events we’ve been to together. Many of us have been in each other’s weddings, as well as several others throughout the years. This led into a conversation about what we could do with all of our beautiful dresses we’d collected from being a part of these amazing occasions. Sandy Bocchino and I decided we should collect everyone’s dresses and donate them to a charity that helps underprivileged high schoolers looking for gorgeous dresses for their proms.
We found Fairy Godmother’s, Inc. whose mission is to help provide a special high school prom experience for qualified high school girls whose financial situations are such as otherwise would preclude their ability to attend their prom by providing them prom gowns, shoes, and similar accessories which have been donated to the organization.
On Saturday, March 10th the Fairy Godmother’s organization held its annual prom sale. Sandy and I brought about 20 dresses and volunteered to help the girls pick out their dream dresses. It was a fun morning of excitement as the girls proudly modeled their dresses for their families. Because of the event, many girls were able to afford a beautiful gown so that they could attend their proms, which is such a special experience in a teenager’s life. Sandy and I were proud to be a part of such a wonderful event.
Check out the video clip below from Channel 6. If you look closely, you can even catch a glimpse of Sandy and me helping out the girls…
Fairy Godmother’s Prom Sale
The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is spending time with your girlfriends far and near!
Come join us on Tuesday December 6th from 5pm to 8pm at Cradle to Crayons’ Giving Factory for an exclusive Girls Night Out event. We will be helping bundle clothes, stuff holiday packs, and organize gifts to children and families in need this Christmas.
Cradles to Crayons has a great impact here in the Delaware Valley. Through the Giving Factory, volunteers provide essentials, as donated clothes, shoes, books and school supplies to homeless and low-income children.
They especially need help with all the volume of donations around the holidays, so leave your kids with the hubby and come on out!
This year’s Philly Cares Day was a success! This past Saturday, October 22nd, Greater Philadelphia Cares hosted a big volunteer day in Philadelphia, which was held on National Make a Difference Day. In almost 100 schools, community, and recreation centers around the Philadelphia region, volunteers got out to improve the quality of these organizations. The Wynnstay crew and four other groups (Alpha Delta, Pink Knockouts, Oak Lane Lovers, Team Bristow, and Winey Team) gathered in Kensington to help a neighborhood clean up its streets around 2 area schools.
Our event was organized by Vinita Santiago, a community activist concerned about the blight and deterioration of her H Street neighborhood; a place she’s lived for 15 years. Vinita is a great example of one voice, speaking loudly to make a change. She was very grateful for the effort of complete strangers; which is really what community service is all about. Wynnstay strives to challenge our friends and family to help out someone in need – the reward is amazing and everyone benefits!
H Street Crew
More Philly volunteers
Corey and Tom
What a great Wynnstay Workday at Philabundance! We’d like to thank everyone for coming out and spending a cold Saturday working at the south Philly warehouse. The Wynnstay crew was 23 strong, volunteering alongside two other large groups.
We started off the afternoon watching a touching video about how hunger touches many lives in the Delware Valley each year. Did you know that 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley rely on Philabundance for help? And 23% of the malnurished served by them are children? Soon after we headed out into the factory floor, a huge open area with a large conveyor belt circling the center. Our task was to sort and box thousands of pounds of donated food from Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger. So the radio cranked up 93.3 wmmr and we paired off and went to work. The muscle men (TC, Kevin, Brian, Dan & DT) loaded all the food from cardboard bins on to the conveyor belt. Next the agile women (Nancy, Natalie & Erin) made sure no glass containers got through and sorted based on boxed food or cans. As the conveyor belt curved around the room, most of the crew (Sam, Kristin, Ashley, Bob, Kyle, Debbie, Eva, Corey, Maura, Courtney, CJ, Shannon and Tom) were stationed at scales to grab and box specific food groups. The prize of the hardest working duo goes to Sam & Kristin, who mistakingly picked the green veggies station and boxed an entire pallet or about 2,400 lbs of cans!! And finally Pat had the job of carefully taping up and labeling each box. The pallets were shrink wrapped and forklifted onto the Philabundance trucks.
Overall the day was extremely productive and all the Philabundance warehouse guys were impressed with our awesome work! It’s amazing to see how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together when helping those in need — Preston and Steve camp out for a week in a parking lot, people listen to their morning show and drive to donate food, Philabundance picks up all the bins, the warehouse volunteers sort and box all the food, and finally everything is shipped out to a network of agencies who directly serve the hungry.
It’s great to have good friends and family working alongside to make a difference. That’s what Wynnstay Workdays are all about! Thanks again for everyone who joined us — we plan to have a Workday once a year and hope one day to have a hundred of dedicated volunteers.
Hello to all of our diehard supporters! We have another volunteer event coming up in February at the Philabundance Food Bank Warehouse in North Philadelphia. This event will be pure guts and glory working hard to help sort, pack, and organize the food that will be delivered to their food cupboards.
When: Saturday February 12, 2011 Time: Afternoon
Where: Philabundance Food Bank
302 West Berks St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
At little more insight from Corey:
“Another one of our goals is to enrich the lives of those in need and help promote volunteering in the City of Brotherly Love. So, we would like to get a group together to help Philabundance. Philabundance was created in 1984 with the simple belief that no man, woman or child should go hungry. They are the region’s largest hunger relief organization and address hunger through social services such as food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, daycare and senior centers and beyond.”
The Wynnstay crew helped last January at Philabundance and made the wall of fame – WYNNSTAY.ORG etched in permanent marker! We can’t wait to get back so more of us can initial the wall.
We hope that this is far enough in advance so that you can mark your calendars with this fun and rewarding day of helping out others in need. Please spread the word to anyone looking to spend time on a cold wintery Saturday doing a warm deed!
Philabundance Food Bank Warehouse – North Philadelphia
Our first officially scheduled Wynnstay Workday was a great success! On Saturday afternoon, January 23rd, from 12:30 to 3:30pm we went to the Philabundance Food Bank Warehouse on West Berks St in North Philly. Philabundance is the regions largest hunger relief organization and it depends on volunteers to help distribute millions of pounds of food throughout the Delaware Valley each year. The warehouse is the main distribution center and operates 6 days a week. They get most of their volunteers on Saturdays and split them into morning and afternoon sessions. At 12:30 we were greeted by Jan Barnett, the volunteer coordinator, then watched a small video on Philabundance and the hunger issue in Philadelphia.
Next we got a tour of the warehouse and it was pretty much what I expected: huge shelves of food (canned goods, crackers, cookies, bread), gigantic bags of rice (which apparently have to be scooped into individual lunch baggies – what a task!), crates of water, and a busy team of Philabundance workers scurrying around.
Warehouse Shelves stocked with food
We were accompanied by a great team of volunteers: 5 Drexel students (a group that volunteers on a regular basis), mother and son team (have been going to Philabundance for a while), a young Penn doctor (friendly self-motivated woman who didn’t skip a beat), the Haverford Swim Team (my personal favorite – still say swimmers have the best work ethic out of any sport!), and of course the Wynnstay gang (Maura and Corey on box making duty, Dad and I filling boxes, and Mom on the scale). Mike, the Warehouse supervisor, organized each group and kept operation running smoothly. He had been working since 4am and was still in great spirits, smiling and laughing the whole time.
Wynnstay Gang with Pasta to Go
Haverford Swimmers building muscle to beat rival team Radnor!
Motivational Mike led by example
Our task was to box thousands of sorted canned goods, label in magic marker, weigh at the scales (keep em under 40lbs), tape up and send to the loading dock. Each bin of food had been sorted by the morning group into categories: Soup, Greens, N0n-greens, Fruit, Pasta, Meaty pasta, Beans and Tuna (probably forgetting a few). We had a makeshift factory line from the box-making, down the rollers to the scales.
Maura the Box Making Queen
Tom Sr and Corey loading the cans
Nancy at the Scale
Once we kicked it into gear, every volunteer worked hard for 3 straight hours. Box after box, Spaghetti Os after Baked Beans, the whole group boxed about 27,000 lbs of food. Warehouse Mike said that he’s never seen so many cans boxed – needless to say he was pumped. I have to give a special shout out to my twin sis Corey who despite being 3 months pregnant, didn’t take a break making them boxes!
Volunteering at Philabundance was fantastic, we really accomplished a great feat for the Warehouse and it’s workers. It was amazing to witness a group of strangers working so well together. I stepped back a few times to watch each person hustling to complete their individual tasks but doing so in a way that made the whole process flow like a fine wine.
The whole experience really made me feel like Wynnstay has a purpose – Philadelphia needs self-motivated individuals in an effort to help those in need. Our family has such a great attitude toward civil service and with their voices and actions we get more people involved in the community. The icing on the cake was to write in black magic marker “Wynnstay.org” on the Wall of Fame at Philadbundance – great feeling!
Signing Wynnstay loud and proud!