Local Businesses Partner to Help The Homeless by inviting you to “Max the MINI” or “Burst the Beemer”
255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas, PA. For the second year, the staff at Galen Glen Winery has chosen Family Promise of Carbon County to be the charity they help during their annual harvest fundraiser. The winery supports local charities like Toys for Tots, The American Cancer Society, and The West Penn Fire Company throughout the year by planning winery events to raise funds or collect needed items. “In 2014 we partnered with MINI of Allentown for our Max the Mini event” says Kathy Matson, Tasting Room Manager. “This year, the Daniels family of dealerships wanted to make the event even more fun by adding another car and ‘Burst the Beemer’ was born.” This year Daniels BMW and MINI of Allentown will have two cars onsite at the winery on Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st for visitors to bring much-needed items for the only homeless shelter in the area that helps homeless families with children stay together. Matson notes, “Last year, our visitors were so generous. I needed to use my husband’s SUV to deliver the items and it was packed to the roof. Who knew those little cars could hold so much?” The two dealerships are asking their clients to make it a competition to see which car gets filled faster, fuller, etc. The dealership, in Allentown, organized a “rally” for the mini owners last year to arrive together and present their donations. They hope to organize MINI and BMW owners this year. Manager, Rich Galek, states, “We are excited about the event. We participate because it’s the right thing to do. There are times in our lives when we could use a little bit of help. We do this especially because children need to know there is help if you need it. Believing is the key!” The public is invited to come out and fill their favorite car with the needed donations of: toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, hand soap, laundry soap, fabric softener, cleaning products, trash bags, diapers, baby wipes, deodorant, disposable razors as well as washcloths, bath towels, and new socks and underwear for men, women and children of all sizes. They will also be collecting monetary donations. Galen Glen will be offering a Halloween “treat” for every household who brings a donation.
Family Promise of Carbon County is based in Lehighton and allows homeless families to stay together. Unlike most shelters where women and children are separated from male family members, this program allows families to live together in the day center where thy learn new skills to find better jobs, make good nutrition and life choices. Then in the evenings they stay in host churches where they have their own bedrooms. The average length of stay in the program is 72.4 days and this is a sober-program, where all teens and adults submit to drug testing. Since January of 2015, 17 families, including 18 children under the age of 18, and 15 children under the age of 5 have graduated from the program. The program operates on donations and welcomes the community to get involved. Natalie Bojko, Director, states “No one ever thinks homelessness can happen to them. Our guests’ journey into our program includes situations like unexpected death of a husband/father, a father and breadwinner injured while repairing the family home, and a mother removing her child from an abusive situation. Our guests are examples of how homelessness can strike anyone. The good news is that their story doesn’t end with being ‘homeless in a shelter’ it continues as these people are examples of resiliency and recovery from difficult situations. We are happy to be part of the community that shows them they can be surrounded by caring and compassionate people.” For more information on this program, visit the Family Promise of Carbon County website: www.familypromiseofcarboncounty.com
MINI of Allentown and Daniels BMW are located on Crackersport Road in Allentown. Their motto is “small cars, big hearts” and that made this partnership to help the homeless a natural fit. Gary Daniels and the staff at MINI of Allentown received the coveted “Golden Bulldog” award from MINI USA in 2011 because of their “do-gooder attitude.” For more information, visit their website: www.miniofallentown.com
Galen Glen Winery is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Andreas Pennsylvania and was the only winery listed by Zagat in the “Top Ten Reasons to Drive to the Lehigh Valley.” They were recently named “Best Winery-Pennsylvania” by the New York International Wine Competition in Manhattan. The vineyard is on the family’s double-century farm and is full of history. The tasting room’s knowledgeable and engaging staff always make your visit enjoyable. They are open year round. The tasting room hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, noon to 5pm. Plan to spend some time drinking in their exceptional views and award-winning wines with some locally-made cheeses or bring your own snacks.
For more information about the winery’s other award winning wines and other upcoming events, please visit the website www.galenglen.com or “Like” on Facebook at Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery and follow on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @galenglenwine and Instagram #galenglenwine. The tasting room may be reached via telephone at 570-386-3682. The staff looks forward to meeting you and your family and helping you create unforgettable memories at Galen Glen.