2018 Birch Hill Fundraiser: The Kids’ Cafe of the Salvation Army

Birch Hill Independent Living residents raise money for Salvation Army Kids' Cafe Manchester NH New Hampshire
Top: Birch Hill Residents fundraising team: L-R: Zee Morse, Gloria Haskell, Alan Dustin, Sylvia Broady, Priscilla Papp, Chair, Louise Pryor, Peg Forand, Mary Chesebrough

Birch Hill is a community-minded neighborhood, and it is a tradition for Residents to raise money annually for a local charity. This year, The Salvation Army’s Kid’s Cafe was the selected recipient.

The Kid’s Cafe opened in Manchester, NH in 1994. Serving a handful of meals, two nights a week, it has grown to serve a group of inner-city children so that they can have a safe after-school environment. In addition to helping kids with their school work, there are games, snacks, and crafts. A hot dinner is served, complete with tips on table manners by young adult volunteers from local colleges.

Today, more than a hundred meals are served each night. The need for The Kid’s Cafe arises from parents not being home after school and working long hours at low-paying jobs. Keeping the children safe is the highest priority, and helping them develop their academic and social skills is another.

Priscilla Papp, from the Resident Council, served as Chair for the fundraising drive that was held the first two weeks of March. Some of the activities included: ice cream social, numerous raffle prizes to local restaurants and businesses, a hugely successful bake sale, bingo, bowling tournament, and trivia games.

A total of $5,000.00 was raised! 

From top left, Priscilla Papp, Chair, kicks off the fundraising, Kid’s Cafe ribbons for sale, raffle tickets for sale, Nina Kanteres makes a sundae, Priscilla Papp pins a ribbon on Linda Phypers, Exec. Dir. of Birch Hill, Peg Forand works at the bake sale, Theo Eklund sells a ribbon to Pat Cobb, Betty Jo Roy, Social Events Coordinator at the Manor helps out at the ice cream social.

A check for $5, 000.00 was presented to Captain Mike Harper and his wife, Major Armida Harper of the Salvation Army, Manchester, on April 16.

The residents along with volunteers and friends were able to raise this amount in two weeks.. an incredible effort!

Congratulations to all the Residents and supporting Staff at Birch Hill!