Ephrata: The small town with a big heart

By on November 19, 2014

The Extraordinary Give is happening in Lancaster County Nov. 21. There will be approximately 16 Ephrata non-profits that will participate in this unique fundraising effort. Close to half of the non-profits listed, I or my family members, have attended their events, benefited from their programs, gained knowledge, laughed at their performance or were needed during a very difficult and scary time in our lives.
Some of you may know about the past two years and the rollercoaster our family endured. The onset occurred after we had a visit to the Ephrata Community Hospital, where the attending emergency room physician diagnosed a severe problem with our son. We continue to praise this “small town” hospital and how blessed we were and still are that we were merely a stone’s throw away the many times we had to rush to the hospital or depended upon the Ephrata Community Ambulance volunteers in the middle of the night to drive us to Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Our situation continued on and off over two years and the Ephrata community embraced our family and pulled together doing a variety of fundraisers, including the Ephrata Performing Arts Center dedicating a performance and donating the ticket sales, to help offset medical and travel expenses.
So I want to thank those organizations and the many others that showed their support. I want remind the Ephrata community that compassion takes action and you are a small town with a big heart!
There are more than 70 non-profits listed in the Ephrata area, everything from your volunteer fire companies, educational resources and cultural facilities to historical sites, youth programs and rehab facilities. Maybe you cannot donate funds today but consider donating in the future or sharing your time or talents. You can find additional information about all of the non-profits at irs.gov
It is not easy to imagine what the Ephrata community would be like without those non-profits, until, of course, they are gone and we talk about remember when. Remember when we used to take the kids to story time at the Ephrata Public Library and loved that hour to browse the books, dvds and have a moment to read or chat, kid free. Remember when we used to take the kids to preschool at the Ephrata Recreation Center, where the kids learned to swim or all of the free summer swim lessons, nature camps, theatre camps and watching through the window at the indoor basketball games. Remember when we chaperoned the 4th grade field trips to the Ephrata Cloister and being able to wear the dunce cap and sleeping on a wooden pillow. Remember when….. “Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future,” Corrie Ten Boom.
Check the websites and Facebook pages for special events happening at these participating Ephrata non-profits and extragive.org for the actual site to donate to your local non-profits that are participating in this year’s Extraordinary Give: Crossfire Youth Ministry, EARS, Inc. (Ephrata Area Rehab Services), Ephrata Area Education Foundation, Ephrata Cloister Associates, Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata Recreation Center, Good Samaritan Shelter, Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, Life Connection Mission, Mennonite & Brethren Marriage Encounter, Orphan Resources International, TNT Youth Ministry, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and Woodcrest Retreat Association.

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