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Family Gives Back in Memory of Young Man

Thanksgiving is a time when we reflect and give thanks for the things we have. It often prompts us to think of others less fortunate. So our staff was proud to hear of the efforts of our marketing coordinator, Samantha Cody, and her aunt who are gathering donated items this holiday season to help families affected by domestic violence. But their efforts aren’t just helping those in need; it’s a way for their family to remember Sammi’s cousin, Dave Guzick, who died in March as a result of an accident involving a distracted driver.

Sammi and her aunt are collecting everyday necessities such as bathroom tissue, soap, and detergent and placing them into laundry baskets that will be donated to Schuylkill Women in Crisis (SWIC). SWIC is a non-profit organization that provides services to victims of domestic violence, here in Schuylkill County.

In an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, Sammi’s aunt said that since Christmas is a time for families to get together, they thought this would be a positive way to remember their nephew and cousin, who was only 24 when he died.

There are drop off locations throughout the county where donations can be made, including our offices here in Frackville at 608 West Oak Street. Other items you may want to consider donating are toys, canned/boxed food, clothing, as well as personal hygiene items. The deadline for donations is Dec. 16.

We hope you’ll follow in Sammi’s footsteps and reach out, even in some small way, to someone less fortunate this holiday season.