Community Compassion Fund

NEWS ITEM — Community Compassion FundSouthern Gables Neighborhood Association

People Helping People

Photo: College of William & MaryOur good neighbors at Westwoods Community Church are, as they say, “Offering a little help to our great neighbors.” The Southern Gables Neighborhood Association is happy to be associated with this church which is within our own neighborhood boundaries. We have been thankful to partner with them on projects such a the Neighborhood Night Out, Fall Leaf Raking and Collection, and a few times we and their volunteers did some Christmas tree harvesting and sales to benefit the community.

Now with some of our neighbors in distress, it’s gratifying but no surprise that they are stepping forward with tangible help for neighbors in need.

Westwoods has set up a Community Compassion Fund to help those in our community that may need a little financial hand up in our current distressed situation. The church offered an opportunity to their community to donate a portion of their stimulus check if they weren’t experiencing high need personally, so all funds have been donated by the community, for the community.

To apply, simply click this link for the Westwoods Community Compassion Fund.

Remember, we are in this together – even when we have to stay apart! The leadership at Westwoods puts it simply and directly: “We see you and we care!”

That link again, to request assistance from the Fund:

Additional information: If you wish to make a donation in support of the Community Compassion Fund, you may click here to do so. In the box that says General, select Community Compassion.

Neighborhood Night Out

The Southern Gables Neighborhood Night Out attracted over 600 people this year, a new attendance record for the annual event. The reviews were enthusiastic, with perhaps the best example having been heard at the bedtime immediately following, “I wish Neighborhood Night Out could be every week.” The mom who reported this assessment also told us that the young evaluator, who can sometimes be quite the critic of adult endeavors, said this was “the most fun one yet.” We agree. The DJ kept up the beat, and the hot dogs and lemonade brought people together in discussions of fine quality dining. Our local business supporters kept the action moving with games and treats as neighbors went in and out among the many tents and booths. The Community Garden was open to visitors as well, and attracted admirers. Groups of neighbors sat and chatted, faces got painted, and some people — mostly kids — danced.

Winner of the bonus prize, seen here with grandfather Mike Huckaby, is thrilled at her prize but momentarily preoccupied.

One highlight of the evening was the drawing for prizes. Neighbors were given free tickets as they entered the grounds, and at the appointed time the DJ called out numbers for five Visa gift cards valued at $100 each. As if that wasn’t enough, the drawings closed out with a bonus: a free photo session with Alex Hearn Photography. Wouldn’t you know, the winning ticket for that one was held by a contender for the “cutest baby” title, so we know it will be well appreciated.

The other winners seemed to be just as pleased at their good fortune, and one even said “but I never win anything!” We offered to take it back but he decided to let the new winning streak get off to a good start.

$100 prize winner Ryan Peterson accepts the prize from Southern Gables Board member Zack DeMeola

Drawing Winner, Southern Gables NNeighborhood Night Out

Prizewinner Clint‘s smile tells it all

Drawing Winner, Southern Gables NNeighborhood Night Out

Winner Kate seemed pleased and surprised, and shared the podium with her friend.

Drawing Winner, Southern Gables NNeighborhood Night Out

Winner Alysha accepts her prize with a smile. There were lots of smiles all around on Neighborhood Night Out.

Drawing Winner, Southern Gables NNeighborhood Night Out

Fifth and final winner of the $100 Visa cards was Nathan Hayes, a Green Gables fan.