Debbie Kulick, Something to Think About
Our community is blessed with dedicated folks who work in so many non-profits that help our neighbors every day. There is one organization that almost disappeared back in 2017 except for the brave decision and helpful community that has kept it going and serving neighbors every day: Bushkill Outreach.
In July of 2017, the volunteers of Bushkill Outreach made the choice to keep the organization open in order to support the needs of the communities it serves. They will admit, it hasn’t been easy, but it was the choice they made and they have no regrets.
Bushkill Outreach continues to provide food to clients each month, serving about 100 families from Middle Smithfield Township and more than 150 in Lehman Township. This equates to more than 1,200-plus people served each month — from children to seniors. All this work is done by 40-plus volunteers who give their time tirelessly each month.
Not only does the organization provide food to the more than 250 families each month, it also supports community dinners at the Reformed Church of Bushkill, Stroudsburg Soup Kitchen, homeless dinners at the Methodist church, supports meals for veteran dinners as well as Mady’s Kitchen, just to name a few.
They are housed in their “temporary home” located at the Lehman Township Community Park on Winona Falls Road, provided graciously by the Lehman Township supervisors, until its permanent facility will replace it in the future. The future facility will house the pantry, a community/senior center and a heating/cooling station. Although not yet a reality, they are working toward its realization every day.
One of the major fundraising efforts of the organization is its flea market. And the timing couldn’t be better for those of us who have items that can be donated. The following is the list of items that are being sought: household items (please make certain are cleaned up before donating), toy/games, Christmas items/decorations (no trees and in working order), books, DVDs, jewelry, small kitchen appliances (clean and in working order).
Any items for donation may be dropped off at Lehman Township Community Park Pavilion Building from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Tuesday to Thursday. If you have any questions, please contact Bushkill Outreach at 570-588-0660.
We are blessed as a community to have such a caring group of people who share their time working for others. The organization’s motto: “We hope that the gentle footprints of kindness that we leave on the lives of our clients and all the people we meet along the way makes a lifetime of soft imprints in their hearts and will never wash away.”