2007-12-07 / Columnists

Spottlliightt On Elderlaw

Commentary By Nancy J. Brady, RN, Esq. And Linda Faith Marshak, Esq.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we are dedicating this column to a group of young women in our community who have joined together to give of their time and resources to other women who are going through difficult times.

The name of the group organized by these women is ROCKAWAY WISH- Women Inspired to Support and Help. Their mission is as follows:

"To recognize the needs of the community and volunteer our time and talents to assist our neighbors during difficult times;

To promote participation in charitable events, particularly those that bring attention to and support causes that affect the lives of women and children;

To encourage a sense of civil obligation and community service in the Rockaways;

To foster new friendships and support networks among women in the Rockaways;

To raise funds to provide financial assistance to members of the Rockaway community in need and to causes which promote positive development in the Rockaways;

To inspire the young women of the Rockaways to be compassionate, understanding, and active members of the community."

The group is about a year old, and has grown to over 30 members. During the past year, ROCKAWAY WISH has raised money to sponsor a member in "The Plunge for Cystic Fibrosis," and they collaborated with the "Rockaway Irish Boys" on a special holiday project for children- "Treats with Santa"- a North Pole- themed day of activities at St. Francis de Sales Church. During the holidays last year, ROCKAWAY WISH sent gifts to women directly affected by the war in Iraq.

The 2007 "Treats with Santa" is scheduled for December 16, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., and will be held, once again, at St. Francis de Sales' small hall. There will be games, activities and treats for the kids, as well as a picture with Santa.

In addition to those special projects, ROCKAWAY WISH has ongoing projects throughout the year, including reaching out to new mothers, mothers of ill children, as well as clothing drives, including clothing for women reentering the work force. Most of these endeavors are done anonymously, to protect the privacy of the recipients.

ROCKAWAY WISH appreciates any suggestions and ideas for projects and fundraisers. For more information on becoming a member, meeting dates, or to make a suggestion for a project, contact Kelli Donohue at kdonohue1@aol. com.

ROCKAWAY WISH's motto is "The history of every country is carved by the hand of man, while the hope and love of humanity is born of a woman's soul."

Happy Holidays, and a Happy Healthy New Year!

Nancy Brady and Linda Marshak can be reached at 718-945-7777. See our display ad in this publication.

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