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Stamps Wanted by Kiwanis --
The Kiwanis Club of Hasbrouck Heights/Teterboro is collecting all canceled stamps both foreign and US. They are being sent to Sister Ann Mary, a retired Carmelite Sister.
The stamps are sold to collectors and the monies received from the sale support the St. Benedicts Day Nursery and Infant Hospital of Georgetown, St. Vincent of the West Indies.
St. Benedicts cares daily for 175 children from age 3 months to 4 1/2 years, at which age they enter a government infant school. The children are cared for daily from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. At all times they are under the supervision of a staff member supervised by a Carmelite Sister.
The children are given breakfast, lunch and two snacks daily; for most of the children these will be their only meals. The majority of the children come from single parent families with no father and a mother who must work every day just to make ends meet. The average yearly income in St. Vincent is $1,000.00.
The Infant Hospital is a 12-bed ward for malnourished, battered, or abandoned children. There is no orphanage on the islands so the hospital and day nursery must act as one. Often there are more than 20 children being served at a time.
After 39 years of service, the Infant Hospital is in urgent need of expansion. A new wing is needed to house the children who have remained from infancy and have now grown into teenagers. The facility was founded to take care of malnourished children; however, it has responded to the needs of the times by taking in children who have been abandoned, neglected, or abused.
If you would like to help the Kiwanis Club in collecting canceled stamps, please trim the stamps to 1/4 inch around the stamps. The stamps can be dropped off or sent to: The Gazette Newspaper, 343 Boulevard, HH. ###
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