Liz Terwilliger for Congress is partnering with the Lycoming County Libertarian Committee for a personal care and hygiene products drive during the month of March.
Beginning March 8th and continuing until March 28th, we will be collecting items such as toilet paper, maxi-pads, tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, soap, shampoo and tissues. Donated items will be distributed to those in need in two ways. We will be delivering donated items to programs, like the YWCA Northcentral PA in Williamsport, who provide services to individuals and families facing homelessness and other personal crises. We will also be creating “kits” with items donated for individual pick up at designated locations.
We are looking for businesses to participate as donation drop off locations and/or as pick up points for individual kits. For drop off locations, we would provide a donation bin, which we would deliver on or around March 8th. We would pick up the bin and any donations on March 28th, or earlier if requested. For pick up points, we would deliver a pre-determined number of kits for individuals to pick up from your location.
If you are interested in participating in this personal care and hygiene products drive, as a business or as an individual volunteer, please email email@example.com or text/call 570-731-0822 or complete the rsvp form, here.
Dozens of local families received some welcome assistance last Sunday with the Pop-Up Pantry organized by the Liz Terwilliger for Congress Committee in Sayre, Pa. The LTCC gave out food donations from The Child Hunger Outreach Program (CHOP) of Towanda.
“We wanted a safe and stress-free event,” explained Liz Terwilliger, “so we felt that a drive-through Pantry made the most sense.” LTCC volunteers organized a smooth traffic flow and handed out cartons of food to fifty families. Each box contained a month’s worth of groceries. “Food Insecurity has always been a problem in our area,” Liz said “and the pandemic has made the problem much worse. The help from CHOP and our volunteers has been absolutely crucial to the community, and I thank everyone for participating in this important effort.”
Liz noted that February 14th was also National Organ Doner Day. “We included information about this important need in our community and explained how easy it is to become an organ doner.” Two local families shared their stories as organ recipients, and the daughter of a local liver transplant recipient volunteered at the event.
“As a Libertarian, I want to emphasize individual initiatives like the Pantry and Organ Donation. Too often, we wait for our local government to take action, often with disappointing results. It is up to us as members of the community to do what we can to help where we can. It is also critical to help raise community awareness about basic needs like Hunger and Organ Donations. That’s why we combined efforts on this National Day of Service”.
While helping fifty families is a great start, almost a dozen more were not able to be helped right away. “This was the most distressing part of the day,” said Liz. “We simply ran out of food, which highlights the growing need to address the insecurity of Hunger here in Pennsylvania.” The LTCC was able to put these families in contact with alternate food sources to meet their immediate needs. “It’s important that we are there for each other; reaching out for support when must and giving back when they can.”
On Sunday, February 14th at 12 PMthe Liz Terwilliger for Congress candidate committee will be hosting a Gift of Life ‘Pop Up Pantry’ at Riverfront Park in Sayre, Pa. This drive-thru Pop-Up Pantry will feature donations by Child Hunger Outreach Partners (CHOP) of Towanda. (Here’s the link to the event on Facebook.)
“We expect to be able to help up to 50 families at this event by providing each of them a month’s worth of food. The pandemic has been very hard on so many members of our community, and frankly, the poor response from our government has made life even more difficult for all of us,” said Liz. “To be as easy and safe as possible, this pantry event will be done as a drive-thru. We hope that this Gift of Life effort will make feeding families more bearable, and we thank our partners at CHOP for helping make this happen”.
“We understand that not everyone has access to a vehicle,” explained Liz. “In that event, residents interested in the Pop-Up pantry should contact our campaign directly and we will find a solution for them.” Food is being made available on a first-come, first served basis beginning at Noon. Traffic lanes will be created so people can remain in their cars during the pantry process with minimal disturbance to traffic on Thomas Avenue.
“February 14th is also Organ Donor Day,” Liz points out. “This is why we are calling this effort the “Gift of Life”. In addition to distributing food, we will be sharing information from area families who have been impacted by organ donation as well as information about becoming an organ donor.” In this way, Liz hopes, people who are being helped by the community may someday help others with a gift of life.