People Helping People


People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.

Specify Alternate Text

Alexandria, Virginia - February 2017

The Eagles of Alva Aerie #871 were proud to deepen their ties with the community by participating in the 46th Annual Alexandria Scottish Walk Parade on Dec. 3, 2016. The annual tradition benefits the Campagna Center, a local organization which provides educational and social support for all ages. Alva Eagles kicked off its first parade appearance in many years under the leadership of Outreach Committee Chair David Robbins. Dozens of Aerie and Auxiliary members marched alongside their truck, carrying banners, flags and balloons, distributing literature to adults and candy to children. Atop the truck was a giant inflatable eagle.

Middletown, New York - February 2017

Middletown recently donated a check for $350 across various funds within the Grand Aerie Charity Foundation. They also held a backpack drive for the local homeless shelter in which 53 backpacks full of necessary school supplies were donated for children in grades K-12. The also held a coat drive, collecting various winter garments and handing them out to individuals in need at the area soup kitchen.

Hale, Michigan - February 2017

Hale Eagles #4217’s Ladies’ Auxiliary has donated more than $19,000 to the Convenant Breast Health Center over the past five years to support the CARE Fund, which provides free screening mammography and any necessary follow-up care for uninsured or underinsured individuals. Since 2010, the CARE Fund has provided screenings for more than 450 people.

Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas - February 2017

For the last 20 years, Horseshoe Bend #3431 has given presents to area children through its annual Christmas event. Last year, 51 boys and 46 girls received ages 2-12 received presents. Each child received a gift and an entry into a drawing for one of 20 bicycles. Member Betty Swanson has chaired the event for the last three years and spends her time calling area businesses for donations. This year, $2,800 in gifts were distributed.
Specify Alternate Text

Sleepy Hollow, New York - February 2017

Members of Sleepy Hollow Eagles #1042 held a pot luck dinner in November to raise money for the chosen organization of the event chairperson. Last year’s chairperson, Rose Kollar, is the co-founder of Support Connection – an area nonprofit started to provide free support services for breast and ovarian cancer patients. The pot luck raised $2,115 for the cause thanks to the large number of raffle tickets purchase by both men and women at the Eagles. Pictured, l to r, Kollar, co-founder Kathy Quinn and Madam President Gail Briggs.

Specify Alternate Text

Bridgewater, New Jersey - January 2017

In 2004, PWP George Fitzpatrick started what has grown in to a holiday tradition at Somerset Aerie #2137. His idea “The Giving Tree,” embodied the heard of the organization and represented the spirit of People Helping People. That year, and every year since, a decorated Christmas tree has been placed in the foyer with ornaments made of tags with an age and gender written on them. Members choose one or more ornament and return with an age and appropriate gift. Partnering with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville, NJ, which serves as the distribution hub for the gifts, ensures the gifts are provided to families in need. Father Ron works with other churches in the area, as well as hospitals, shelters, and other charitable foundations, to maximize the benefit of the fundraiser. Over the years, the tradition has grown thanks to the hard work of George Faxon, who has taken over the annual effort. The Aerie prides itself on its support of worthwhile causes throughout the community and The Giving Tree touches the hearts of all who hear about it.