Saturday, December 5, 2009 the Double L Bar hosted its second annual “Naughty and Nice” Toy drive to benefit the children of the Sussex County HIV Wellness Clinic in Georgetown, Delaware.
With your support in this even more challenging year, the event was a smashing success! We collected 164 toys along with scarves, hats, and gloves for the adult clients in need. Our Naughty Santa and local celebrity Dru Bruin helped collect an additional $207 in donations and proceeds from the 50/50 raffle to buy even more clothing.
Combined with donations collected at CAMP Rehoboth and Leather Central, nearly 400 toys and 310 articles of clothing were donated. Not only were we able to help every family of the Wellness Clinic, but also families with needs in West Rehoboth and greater Rehoboth Beach.
To each and every one of you who brought a toy or made a donation—THANK YOU! Your kindness and generosity to those in need is just one example of what makes our Rehoboth Beach community great!
Events like this don’t happen by themselves, and I’d like to thank CAMP Rehoboth for promoting the event and providing ad space, Sal Seeley at CAMP for his help in planning and delivering the toys to the Wellness Clinic, and the Double L Bar for hosting our event.
We’re looking forward to a fun year at the Double L, and we’re going to help people along the way.
Wishing you all the best in 2010,
Mr. Double L Leather 2008
Just a quick note from Ruth and me about Sunday’s CAMP Rehoboth Chorus concert.
What a great evening for everyone and the audience was so supportive! BRAVO to the chorus and to all those who helped make this event such a success.
Thank you for bringing “the music” back to Rehoboth.
The Ugandan bill that would execute gays and jail citizens who do not inform on them was likely inspired by American religionists.
In Uganda last March three American Christian fundamentalists, posing as experts, addressed thousands of police, teachers and politicians in a two-day conference. They spouted the misinformation that anti-equality types do in this country: gays prey upon children, want to destroy family values, can and must be “cured” because being gay is only a choice, etc. A special motion to introduce the bill was passed a month later.
Now that Uganda’s gay-killing bill has been condemned worldwide, these American fundamentalists have slowly distanced themselves from at least the execution of gay Ugandans. But what had they expected as they instigated bias in a nation that already criminalized homosexuality?
That’s Uganda, this is America, but there’s a take-away lesson. Bigotry cloaked in religious rhetoric is still bigotry—and God help that nation and its minorities when it gains the ascendancy.
We would like to whole-heartedly thank you, and all the volunteers and members from CAMP Rehoboth for coordinating, collecting, boxing and donating canned goods, stuffed animals, toys and clothes to the West Rehoboth Children and Youth Program.
Because of your generosity we will be able to continue to provide the basic necessities to the low-income children, youth and their families that come to our door at the West Side New Beginnings Inc. Community Center. We have been very fortunate to have good friends such as you to assist us with our mission.
We look forward to your support in 2010. Again, thank you for sharing your time and resources with us.
Brenda Milbourne, Executive Director
Diaz Bonville, Program Director.
West Side New Beginnings Inc
West Rehoboth Children and Youth Program