To all of our friends and neighbors across the community:
The Cheltenham Helps 1600 team was recently presented with Community Service Awards by the Cheltenham Township commissioners. We were unable to provide comments that evening, but we wanted to provide the following comments on behalf of the entire CH1600 team.
First, thank you for honoring us.
We know that each member of our team is grateful for the recognition and the support of the Board of Commissioners, as well as our entire community, in helping the residents of 1600 Church Road to get back on their feet.
Our work is far from finished, but it would have been made much harder were it not for the work of many others in the community who we’d like to honor.
A deep and heartfelt thanks to all of the first responders, police, fire, and rescue, who helped fight the fire and protect the residents.
Our thanks to the Emergency Management team of Cheltenham, and especially Ken Hellendall for his direct support and guidance to our team.
Our thanks to Arcadia University and to Cindy Rubino and her team of information technology folks who worked so quickly to help the residents and to support our donation website construction.
A special thanks to Ginny Kremer, a volunteer with the American Red Cross, who was there with us on Day 1 to provide guidance in the community response.
Thanks go to the School District, for housing the residents and supporting community events, and to the Township, including Commissioner Haywood, for leadership in drawing the community together so quickly.
Thanks go to the many groups who, even now, are helping residents to gather up their lives and get moving again.
And to the hundreds of community residents who have showed their support personally and financially to the residents.
You are all the real heros of our community and we share these awards with all of you for your dedication, hard work, and support.
Cheltenham is a wonderful community and all of us are proud to be here together.
Again, we thank the Board for this honor.
We are grateful for the support of our community, and we invite anyone interested in continuing to help the residents to visit our website at cheltenhamhelps1600.org.
Thank you, and Happy Holidays.