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Local Women Aid Overseas Moms

The Zonta Club of Long Island proved that a small act of kindness can make a big difference. A total of 500 birthing kits for women in Haiti and Nigeria were put together on Saturday by club and community members at the at the Martin de Porres Elementary School in Elmont. Joining them were Floral Park residents and club members Jean Gribbins and Lori Butera, and Andrea Dapolito from Bellerose.

Each kit contained the basic essentials that a women would need while giving birth in a rural environment, including one piece of plastic, one bar of soap, one pair of surgical gloves, one razor blade, three pieces of string, and three gauze pads.

“It provides a clean environment for women who give birth in unsanitary areas,” said Gribbins. “I ordered all the supplies and set up the work stations. At my station, we cut up plastic, folded it, put it in an enclosed bag, and then passed it on to the next table.”

These kits will be delivered in suitcases by nuns to associations that help women. Four hundred will be delivered to Haiti and 100 will be delivered to a health team called Project Uplift in Nigeria.

“We did this project last year, and it was a huge success. We have many Sisters in Haiti, and we sent them birthing kits last year. They were so thrilled when they got them,” said Sister Evelyn Lamoureux of the Parish of St. Boniface, president of Zonta.

Everyone’s goal was to help women in need, and Dapolito was certain that the birthing kits can help out in a positive way.

“It’s truly upsetting that these women have to give birth on a piece of plastic, and they have no other place to go. I know these kits can help out. Soap, gloves and the basics are necessary,” Dapolito said.

Being a Zonta member and advancing the status of women is what Butera hopes to exactly do with these kits.

“It is enlightening to know that I can support women and help them get out of a bad situation. I do this with dignity for my child, myself, my mother, and all women,” Butera said. “They can benefit from us giving this to them. It’s just the basics, but it can go a long way.”

The Zonta International is a worldwide organization of executives in business and the professions working together to enhance the status of women.  To contact the club, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information, visit their blog at www.zontaclublongisland.blogspot.com or www.zonta.org.

News

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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