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Thanksgiving Comes Early to Children's Home

November 23, 2013

Originally Published readingeagle.com: 11/23/2013
Anthony Orozco / Reading Eagle

Connie Ramsey says she has always felt a kinship with the kids at The Children's Home of Reading. 

Teaming up with a local restaurant franchise owner, she brought a little bit of Thanksgiving to them Friday evening, providing meals to about 80 kids. 

"My mother was raised in the Children's Home from 1940 to 1953, until she joined the Marine Corps," Ramsey said. "So I have always felt a connection to the kids there." 

For years, Ramsey has been on the home's mailing list and she said that she would always feel the urge to give when she would see their wish list. 

Ramsey, supervisor for U.S. Security Associates, a company that guards several banks in Berks County, said she has been collecting the monthly Subway box lunch orders of Santander employees since she first suggested it last November. 

Once a month she takes about 180 orders on the "Subway day." Using her Subway card with every order, she racked up a point for every 50 cents she spent. 

Over nearly a year and hundreds of orders, Mike Gehret, owner of five Subway locations in Berks including Wyomissing, asked her what she was going to do with the more than 5,000 points she had accumulated. 

She told him she would like to buy meals for the kids at the Children's Home and Gehret said he totally supported her idea. 

"We are always looking for ways to help," said Gehret. "Our philosophy is, if you give to the community, you will get it back ten-fold."

The kids ate box meals including a made-to-order 6-inch sandwich, chips, bottled water and a chocolate cookie in the home's gymnasium. Ramsey also reached out to RM Palmer Candies, which provided enough candy and deserts to last the children until the end of the year. 

Mindy McIntosh, development supervisor at the Children's Home, said she was excited about the gift. 

"We think it is wonderful, we are very grateful to Connie and Mike," McIntosh said. "We have a lot of generous donors and it is always very nice when someone reaches out to those less fortunate."

November 30 will mark 20 years since Ramsey's mother, Dorothy Rhoads, died of leukemia. 

"She is always on my mind, I always remember the good words she gave to me," Ramsey said. "I feel like mom is looking down on me, saying, 'Good job, Connie."

Contact Anthony Orozco: 610-371-5015 or aorozco@readingeagle.com

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