Gala will benefit local needy and homeless youth

SANDOWN — The first-ever Help Us Help Others Gala is set for March 31 at Zorvino Vineyard in Sandown.

The event is being organized to support groups including homeless and needy youth in Southern New Hampshire and also the Baka people living in Africa, who are in dire need of medical supplies and equipment.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to help those in need.

Groups to benefit from gala proceeds include Pinkerton Academy’s Homeless/Needy Youth Program, School of Hope Medical Clinic in Cameroon, Africa, Families in Transition in Manchester, and the Common Ground Cafe in Haverhill, Mass.

According to New Hampshire Department of Education statistics, state school districts identified approximately 2,500 homeless students in 2009-2010, an increase of nearly 21 percent from the previous year.

About 100 of those homeless students attend school in the Derry and Timberlane school districts.

Families in Transition has 1,800 people on a waiting list for services and the Mission School of Hope is in critical need of medical supplies.

Donations and sponsorship items are being accepted. More information is available at [email protected]

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