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How could Mr. Murphy take such a disgraceful stand against our kids?

To The Daily Sun,

I take such offense to the letter to the editor by Warren P. Murphy of Laconia that was published in The Sun on January 14. He bashed our Meals For Kids Program at the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region.

How shallow of you, Warren, to not see the need to take care of our local "kids" in every possible way. The club provides a "Positive Place for Kids" on a daily basis. We have been in existence for well over 10 years, scratching to establish our club. We have struggled to keep the doors open for our community kids, to provide homework assistance, guidance, activities to keep them amused and also teach them team building skills in sports and games, and to KEEP THEM SAFE. We diligently addressed all these issues, but until merging two years ago with our Concord club, we barely could keep going. We (our 17 MEMBER LOCAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS), along with other community members, had to beg, borrow, and plead to keep the club and dream alive. We opened our hearts and check books and had only one other goal to secure, which would be feeding "our kids" with a hot and nutritious dinner every night we are open.

If you were mislead by the article, YES, the federal government does subsidize this program to allow us to nourish the children of our community. What a blessed life you must lead to not understand hunger in our community. I am a proud founder of this club and am there weekly to participate with these kids educationally and then go serve food in our newly donated, commercial kitchen — which did not take a nickle out of your tax pocket. The entire kitchen was donated by The Roy Foundation in honor of their mother and by T-Bones restaurant.

The FOOD PANTRY gladly provides food to this program because our need qualifies. I talk on a bi-weekly basis at the club to educate anyone willing to listen to the impact this new food program has made. "I'll have everything" is the request we receive by our kids and they are welcome to come back for seconds, if they feel the need. We are building our community from age 6 and UP and a "hot meal on their table" is not always possible.

Your words may have 'shamed" one of our children or their family member by tagging this a "public welfare" program. I invite you to come see our kids at the club and help serve in our kitchen to see their beautiful faces and ask yourself, how many of these kids possibly would have gone hungry tonight? Our chief of police, Chris Adams, is on our board because he knows first hand the need to save our kids in any way we can to make them strong and confident and well-nourished and OFF THE STREETS. How could you take such a disgraceful stand?

Barbara E. Leone
Founder & Advisory Board Member
The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region

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When it comes to home health care, you decide who you invite in

To The Daily Sun,

I often find myself answering these questions from friends and neighbors all over the Lakes Region: "What is a VNA?" What does the VNA do?
Aren't all Visiting Nurse Associations part of the same organization?

As the executive director of the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, I'm writing today to answer these great questions so that the people in our community will understand the valuable services that the LRVNA provides. When people use the acronym VNA, it most often means Visiting Nurse Association or Visiting Nurse Agency. It is NOT affiliated with the Veteran's Administration or any government service. There are thousands of Visiting Nurse Association's throughout the country, and there are quite a few right here in the Lakes Region. They can be non-profit, for profit, stand alone or hospital based.

This type of organization provides a variety of nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, licensed nursing assistance, and medical social work in the comfort of your home. However, VNA's are NOT all alike, and they are most definitely not all related or part of the same organization.

For example, my organization is the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association (LRVNA). We are a non-profit, local standalone organization that was founded in 1923. The LRVNA was formed from the Moultonborough Visiting Nurse Service and the Meredith Public Health Nursing Association. Over the years, our growth now provides services to Gilford, Laconia, Tuftonborough, Sandwich, Belmont and Tilton, along with our original towns, Meredith, Center Harbor, and Moultonborough. The LRVNA assists patients based on need, not on the ability to pay. We are a local organization that is invested in our community and run by a volunteer local board of directors. Our goal is to be integrated in our community, making decisions based on local community needs. We have our annual meeting in the local community center and spend your money wisely, knowing where every dollar comes from. We don't have any high paid owners or investors. We're right here in the community and are here when you need us, within 24 hours. Our focus is the wellness of our community ... not selling services for a profit driven company. There is a big difference!

With the increase of large, for profit agencies making their way into our area, I felt it my duty to help people understand that when it comes to home care, you can make your own decision who you bring into your home. I hope that you will choose Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association. Our non-profit continuing mission is to provide compassionate care right here in the Lakes Region as we have done since 1923. If you or your family members are ever in need of in-home care, please ask for the care of the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association.

Cheryl Gonzalo, Executive Director

Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association

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