This will be your last District Connection for 2012, so I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your support this year. There were certainly challenges – stopping Gov. Corbett’s misguided legislative agenda, our fight to protect a woman’s access to health care and the delaying of the City’s Actual Value Initiative – but it also brought us many successes. For example, our campaign to stop Voter ID, getting legislation out of the Senate that stiffened penalties for illegal straw gun purchases and the many little victories we shared when my team and I were able to help you with an issue or concern that hit close to home. Simply put, the First Senatorial District is number one for a reason, and I’m honored to be your Senator. So, thanks again, and today I’d like to tell you about how you can help:
- Some children in need;
- Older adults;
- Make getting around this season easier; and
Have a great holiday season, thank you for your support and I’ll reconnect with you in on January 8, 2013.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Help our Children – Make a Donation
On Dec. 21 the Arts Empowerment Children’s Organization will hold their annual Arts In Color Royal Holiday Concert benefiting area children in need. In addition to raising funds for art supplies and scholarships, they’re trying to help some amazing children stay warm this winter.
So, if you want to help, drop off a new, unwrapped toy, coat, hat or set of gloves to my District Office (1802 S. Broad St.) before Dec. 20. And if you’re interested in helping the arts, purchase an event ticket for $20. The concert will take place on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Hawthorne Cultural Arts Center and Complex (1200 Carpenter St.).
For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.misspennsylvaniaessence.com/the-2012-arts-in-color-royal-holiday-concert-event.html. You can also call my office at 215-952-3121.
Help our Seniors – Learn about Healthy Eating
The City of Philadelphia, in partnership with Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, has a helpful new guide for older adults in Philadelphia. The guide includes information and phone numbers for home-delivered meals programs, box programs, details about getting help applying for SNAP (formerly food stamps) and more. Download a PDF copy at www.pcacares.org/foodresources.
Help Ease the Holiday Stress – Think Zip Car
With all the hustle and bustle you’ve got going on this holiday season, you might need some wheels. Join Zipcar for cars by the hour or the day. Gas, insurance and daily mileage are also included. You can choose from luxury vehicles, hybrids, trucks, cargo vans and more for all your holiday shopping. Use promo code LARRY12 when you sign up to get $75 in free driving. For more information visit www.zipcar.com.
Help Yourself – Get Free Money From LIHEAP
The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications. So, if you think that you will have trouble paying your energy bills, submit your application right away. For more information, contact Pennsylvania’s LIHEAP hotline at 866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments can call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).