The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is coming up on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Altoona Curve Stadium! All of the proceeds raised through the walk will go towards our Community Fund to sponsor projects like the blessings mentioned above.

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Over the holiday season Hollie Orris, a AUCP service coordinator who works with AmeriHealth participants in Nursing Homes, had noticed that the residents of the Patriot Nursing Facility in Somerset, PA had a small donation tree with quite a few names left on the tree for residents to receive a Christmas gift. Hollie and her mom took it upon themselves to take the leftover names and gift them all blankets for Christmas. By the day of delivery they had donations from AUCP and staff, Miller Motors Bus Company, and the St. Michael Ladies Auxiliary.

On December 12th, Hollie and her mother delivered 118 wrapped blankets to the nursing home for the residents to open on Christmas Day.

Hollie, we are glad to have you as part of our family, thank you for going out of your way to bless those around you.

We find it important to get our staff involved in the things that we do, that’s why we wanted to extend the opportunity to our staff to be involved in the Holiday Blessings.

When a mother and her three young children were nominated due to going through a tight financial situation this holiday season, we opened it up to the staff to donate gifts for the children to open on Christmas day and AUCP would provide the funds to pay for a months rent for the family, having recently moved into a new apartment.

After receiving the gifts for her children, the mother sent a very dear email to our staff about how thankful she was:

“On behalf of me and my children, we want to give the utmost gratitude to your company for everything you guys have done for us over the holiday season. I cannot even put into words how thankful I am. My children had such a magical holiday season and a lot of thanks to all of you for that. My heart is overjoyed.”

Our Holiday Blessings fund is not about what we get in return, but about loving our community and creating a ripple effect of giving for years to come.

Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy (AUCP) celebrated the holidays by beginning a Holiday Blessings initiative to help those in their local communities and participants of AUCP.

AUCP was excited to donated Christmas gifts for children, food, and monetary assistance for utilities, equipment and/or rent to help ease financial burdens.

Through a nomination process, four families were recipients of the Holiday Blessings program as AUCP provided the following:

  • Family One – Christmas presents for three children under the age of eight and one month’s rent for a new apartment.
  • Family Two – two lift batteries were provided to a family with multiple adults with disabilities to assist the need to move heavy batteries to different tracks of the lift system
  • Families Three and Four – monetary assistance was provided to alleviate some of the financial burdens of these families’ utility bills.

AUCP was also able to support 25 elderly patients with blankets and socks at the Patriot Skilled Nursing and Personal Care Home.