The Real Meaning of Giving

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”  – Jim Rohn.

The spirit of this quote merely begins to sum up the sense of enthusiasm that the annual resident run charity drive at Birch Hill inspires.  This year, the tradition continues with a record donation of $6,175 for the Salvation Army Kids Cafe’ in Manchester.  The Kids Cafe’ serves inner-city children, providing a safe after school environment. They prepare more than 100 meals four nights a week.

Priscilla Papp, a Birch Hill Resident Council Member served as chair for the drive, held in March. Mrs. Papp thanked the volunteer team by saying, “This effort would not be possible without the help of all of the volunteers here at Birch Hill.  They chipped in collecting gift certificate donations from local businesses, planning and running events and donating treats for our bake sale…we have a great team!”

Fundraising activities included:
  • An ice cream social kickoff
  • Raffles for Red Sox tickets and other gift certificates
  • A food and craft sale
  • A Cornhole tournament
  • Bingo and trivia games
The Real Gift

On April 15, 2019, the donation was presented to Major Armada Harper and Captain Michael Harper of the Salvation Army.  In that moment, the feeling of greater good among all attending was palpable, even evoking a few tears.  A warm sense of purposeful contribution is the real gift.

Many thanks is extended to all who contributed and the entire team of resident fundraisers for selling tickets, organizing games and manning the raffle tables for hours at a time. Getting the word out about this meaningful cause even inspired matching donations.

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Major Arimida Harper and Capt. Michael Harper receive Birch Hill’s donation


Residents from L to R: CarolAnne Howe, Peg Forand, Gloria Schmidtchen, Priscilla Papp, Dan Hollaman, Peg Newhall, Louise Pryor, Dan Monahan and Alan “Dusty” Dustin