Birch Hill is very community-minded and it is a tradition for Residents to raise money annually for a local charity. This year, The Salvation Army’s Kid’s Cafe was the recipient.

The Kid’s Cafe opened in Manchester, NH in 1994, serving a handful of meals, two nights a week. It has grown to serve a group of inner-city children so that they can have a safe after-school environment.  In addition to helping the kids with their school work, there are games, snacks and crafts. A hot dinner is served complete with tips on table manners by young adult volunteers who attend local colleges. Today, more than a hundred meals are served each night. The need for The Kid’s Cafe arises from parents not being home after school and having to work long hours at low paying jobs. Keeping the children safe is the highest priority, and helping them develop their academic and social skills is another. Priscilla Papp, from the Resident Council, served as Chair for the fundraising drive that was held the first two weeks of March. Some of the activities included: Ice cream social, numerous raffle prizes to local restaurants and businesses, a hugely successful bake sale, bingo, bowling tournament and trivia games.

A total of $5, 000.00 was raised! A formal presentation ceremony will follow.

Congratulations to all the Residents and supporting Staff at Birch Hill!

From top left, Priscilla Papp, Chair, kicks off the fundraising, Kid’s Cafe ribbons for sale, raffle tickets for sale, Nina Kanteres makes a sundae, Priscilla Papp pins a ribbon on Linda Phypers, Exec. Dir. of Birch Hill, Peg Forand works at the bake sale, Theo Eklund sells a ribbon to Pat Cobb, Betty Jo Roy, Social Events Coord. at the Manor helps out at the ice cream social.