UPS Group Makes Backpacks Donation To Youth & Family Services

Staff members from the Lackawanna County Office of Youth & Family Services and representatives from the UPS Women’s Leadership Development group prepare to distribute backpacks and supplies to children and families served by the agency. Forty backpacks were donated. This is the second time this year that UPS-related groups provided generous support to the agency.

CYS Backpacks From UPS Pix

Adopt-An-Angel Program Needs Sponsors

The Adopt-An-Angel Program of Lackawanna County’s Children & Youth Services (CYS) needs the community’s help in order to grant area youngsters’ their Christmas wishes.

There are over 100 children still left without sponsors for the holiday season.  The program provides assistance to children ranging in age from birth to 21 years old. 

CYS staff asks that individuals or groups spend about $100 per child when working off a youngster’s wish list.  Aside from the unwrapped gift(s), the program also accepts monetary donations or gift cards. 

To participate in this long-standing tradition, please contact Gloria Liuzzo at 570-963-6781,  ext. 1301, or Lisa Sohara at 570-963-6781, ext. 1188.  They will be able to provide the program’s guidelines and the range of children to “adopt” in an effort to make their season bright.

County To Light Courthouse Tree On December 6

The official lighting of the Lackawanna County Christmas tree will be held on Thursday, December 6, at 6 PM at the flag plaza on North Washington Avenue. 

The festive event will have something for everyone – refreshments, carols, candy canes and horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the heart of central city. 

The winners of Scranton Tomorrow’s Holiday Window Decorating Showcase will also be announced. 

According to the Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley, the ceremony will commence at 5:45 PM with Christmas carols sung by Robert Dale Chorale. 

At 6 PM, a brief program will be conducted with a welcome and remarks by the Commissioners. 

Then, at approximately 6:20 PM, the County tree will be lit, adding to the glow of the holiday season. 

The Robert Dale Chorale will then lead the gathering in Christmas songs once again. 

The program will close with the announcement of the winners of Scranton Tomorrow’s decorating showcase. 

The horse-drawn carriage rides will run from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM under the direction of Jesse Van Deusen.  The route will go from North Washington Avenue by the Courthouse down Spruce Street, over to Wyoming Avenue, then up Linden Street and back over to the front of the Courthouse.   

The rides will be free to all who make a donation to the “Adopt-A-Angel” program, which provides gifts to underprivileged youngsters in the County’s Children & Youth Services network. 

The tree lighting ceremony received tremendous community and corporate support.  The Commissioners gratefully acknowledge:

  • PPL Electric Utilities for the $1,000 donation made through Scranton Tomorrow for the decorations and candles in the windows at the Courthouse.
  • Urban Electric who provided vehicles and manpower to hang decorations around the square.
  • Joshua Mast and Paul Blackledge from The Colonnade for decorating the poles surrounding Courthouse Square.  The two gentlemen are part of the downtown Scranton holiday décor effort facilitated by the Scranton Tomorrow Holiday Planning Committee and the local downtown business owners. 
  • UNICO Scranton Chapter and The LaFesta Italiana of Lackawanna County for the donation and serving of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies to those in attendance.
  • Mr. Joseph Gentile, Sr., for transport services.