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December 30. 2012 9:05PM

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Citizens Bank helps the state's homeless

MANCHESTER - The Citizens Bank Foundation is providing $60,000 in contributions to seven organizations serving the homeless across New Hampshire.

These programs will directly support individuals and families in New Hampshire who need housing, food and social services.

"Homeless shelters continue to find ways to support the significant number of individuals and families turning to them for help in their time of need," said Joe Carelli, president of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens, New Hampshire.

"We recognize the challenges these shelters face with the increased demand for services. We hope these grants will help provide a safe and stable environment, warm meals, and a path of hope for those in need."

The organizations that received grants from the Citizens Bank Foundation to address homelessness are New Horizons (Manchester), Child and Family Services of New Hampshire (Manchester), Cross Roads House (Portsmouth), Marguerite's Place (Portsmouth), Front Door Agency (Nashua) and Harbor Homes (Nashua) and The Upper Valley Haven.

GSCU raises $1,500 for Honor Flight

MANCHESTER - Granite State Credit Union recently raised $1,500 through the sale of stars in support of Honor Flight New England.

The NH-based nonprofit organization was founded by Joe Byron in 2008 to thank American veterans for their service and dedication to our country.

The organization's sole purpose is to take as many New England World War II or terminally ill veterans from any war to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Joining Joe Byron at the credit union was Herk Streitburger, a 93-year-old WWII veteran who was also a prisoner-of-war.

Streitburger, who served in the U.S. Air Corps, was on the first Honor Flight to Washington on June 13, 2009. His daughter acted as his "guardian" angel and accompanied him during the whirlwind 24-hour journey, that he refers to as "one of the best days of my life." The organization incorporates many trip enhancements such as music from the WWII era on the flights and "Mail Call" where veterans receive packets of letters sent by their families.

For more information, visit gscu.org or call (800) 645-4728. For more information on how to support Honor Flight New England, visit honorflightnewengland.org or call (877) 992-8387.

Warm tidings at Speare Memorial

PLYMOUTH - 'Tis the season of giving and Speare Memorial Hospital's fourth annual Warm Hearts, Warm Hands tree is an example of the greater Speare community at work.

Critical Care Nurse Director Deb Thompson got the idea for the tree four years ago as a theme for another tree project Speare was involved in.

While a different theme was selected, Thompson decided to move forward with her idea as a way to meet a need.

She said: "Working in the Emergency Department we were noticing people coming in not properly dressed for the weather, because they didn't have the means to do so. By decorating a tree with hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for the taking, we were fulfilling a need at a time of year when people are looking for ways to give back."

The tree itself was donated by occupational health nurse Susan Scheinman, and together with Thompson and colleague occupational health nurse Linda March, the three put up the tree just inside the Emergency Department entrance.

Speare employees and volunteers load up the tree with hats, mittens and scarves, many of which are handmade.

Those in need are invited to take items from the tree to help keep them warm.

Palmer Gas/Ermer Oil helps NH Food Bank

ATKINSON - Palmer Gas/Ermer Oil paid a visit to the New Hampshire Food Bank with a donation to support their efforts for the holiday season.

Palmer Gas/Ermer Oil customers can now help the Food Bank by redeeming their Palmer Points to contribute to the Food Bank.

"The number of people who are in need is staggering" said Bill Ermer, president and owner of Palmer Gas/Ermer Oil.

"As a local business, we look to support the communities in which we live and work, and we hope that our customers will also take advantage of this opportunity to help a neighbor in need, by donating their Palmer Points to the New Hampshire Food Bank."

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