Polar Bears getting ready to take the Plunge for Delaware Special Olympics

REHOBOTH BEACH — Lewes Polar Bear Plunge veteran Ann Grunert vividly recalls her first “Plunge.” “I guess I remember thinking I would die, the first time,” she said. “I just couldn’t mentally wrap around the idea of jumping in that cold, freeing water — when I’m always cold. I just thought we would die. I […]

Letter to the Editor: People’s Place sends thanks

The generosity and kindness People’s Place experienced during the 2019 holiday season was astounding and the agency is grateful to each and every individual that helped make this time of year special for so many in need. Starting in November and throughout the entire month of December, local groups, businesses, families and donors of all […]

‘Eskimos’ ring in 2020 with chilly challenge

BETHANY BEACH — About two minutes before high-noon plunge time, Bob Rush Jr. tippy-toed ankle-deep into the Atlantic Ocean off the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. “It’s cold …,” he kiddingly said with a smile. Chilly perhaps, but not cold enough to deter the 80-year-old Bethany Beach resident from joining a handful of family members and several […]

Red Kettle campaign issues call for help

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DOVER — The kettle is only half-full for those involved with The Salvation Army Delaware’s Red Kettle fundraising campaign this holiday season — and that’s not an optimistic view or a good thing. With just nine days remaining until Christmas, The Salvation Army Delaware announced that donations to its annual Red Kettle campaign are down […]

Letter to the Editor: Giving to Toys for Tots

Last year, at approximately this time, I heard on the news that a Toys for Tots semi-trailer in Dover was broken into and half the cargo was stolen. This affected me so much that I decided to purchase $250 worth of scooters and donate them to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. At the […]

Filling a need: Groups rally to give away school supplies

DOVER — With the start of a new school year looming just a couple of weeks away, most students are still trying to squeeze in as much summer fun as they can before those buses arrive and that dreaded first bell rings. Mount Zion American Methodist Episcopal Church, in partnership with several other churches in […]

Jusst Sooup Ministry serves up hope for needy

MILTON — It all began about two decades ago at a church in Lewes with Dale Dunning’s heartfelt mission to feed a need. Today, that mission continues through Jusst Sooup Ministry which is the soup kitchen cog at the Jusst Sooup Ranch in Cool Spring on U.S. 9. “It is an honor for me to […]

Letter to the Editor: Delaware’s foundations need to do more

This year’s “Do More In 24” raised $93,000 through the efforts of around 50 nonprofits over the course of 24 hours. However, that amount pales in comparison to the $10 million raised in Lancaster, $4.45 million raised in Erie, and $3 million raised in York. Pottstown’s “Amazing Raise” generated over $300,000 for a small geographic […]

Donations sought for needy students

DOVER — Caring Hearts Helping Hands, Inc. (CHHH) welcomes donations for its Heart and Sole Back to School program for its 235 school-age clients. CHHH is a not-for-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers and supports low-income working families with school age children in Kent County. These families shop in the Magnolia warehouse once a month […]

Commentary: Understanding the power of a wish

For Von, an 8-year-old from Dover, a volcano was more than a geological marvel, it was a beacon of hope and strength. Von, the youngest of five children, is known for his funny, outgoing personality, but years of treatment for cancer took a toll on Von and his family. When a Make-A-Wish volunteer asked him […]