This Weekend- Show Your “Compassion”

May 15th, 2012 at 4:05 pm by under Community

Three benevolent students at Old Saybrook High School are taking time out of their busy schedules this Saturday to hold a Can and Bottle Drive, with the goal of raising money for a local soup kitchen. This is the 3rd drive that Seniors Clay Farrell, James Blackwell, and Joe Regan have organized. They’re not asking for your money- just your empty cans and bottles, which can be deposited for the $0.05 refund. Here are a few examples of redeemable items:






All the money they collect will benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantry. If you’d like to help, bring your empty 5-cent redeemable bottles and cans to Old Saybrook High School (directions here) on Saturday between 9:00am and 1pm. And remember, when collecting your bottles and cans for deposit, you can now add plastic water bottles to the list… which means an even bigger donation for the soup kitchen!
On Sunday May 20th, lace up your sneakers in the morning for a walking benefit, helping children with a disorder you might have never heard of. It’s called Apraxia of Speech, and this condition makes it very difficult for children to speak clearly and understandably. It can be very frustrating for the child, which is why they need your help! The 2012 Walk for CAS starts at 10:00am at Osbornedale State Park in Derby (directions here). Walkers will meet at the pavilion near Pickett’s Pond. Last year’s walk drew a crowd of more than 350 walkers, raising about $50,000!

This walk will benefit CASANA, The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America. This organization helps provide the specialized training to speech professionals so they can help children with the Apraxia condition. Registration starts at 9am and costs $20 for adults; $10 for children.  You can register ahead of time by clicking this link.

The Branford Compassion Club is an organization aimed at finding forever homes for adoptable cats and kittens, and giving feral cats the care that they deserve. They’re always trying to make their facility as welcoming and comfortable as possible… both for the cats they house, and for the people who are looking to adopt. A great example is pictured below:

In order to pull off renovations like the one seen above, the Compassion Club is hoping to have a great fundraising night at their 15th Anniversary Gala, this Sunday, May 20th from 5:30 until 8:30pm, at the James Blackstone Memorial Library in the Branford town center! News 8′s own Chris Velardi is the honorary chairman of the Club; he’ll be there to honor their 15th Anniversary with a toast. You’ll also enjoy hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music, a cash bar, and silent auction items. Tickets are $50 and are available by emailing Space is running out, so get your tickets today!





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