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Neighbors’ Helping Hand expands; community fundraiser adds ‘flocking’

May 16, 2012

TOWN OF HIGHLAND, NY — Flocks of pink flamingoes have begun appearing on lawns around the Town of Highland lately. Not the result of global warming, the plastic birds are placed by members of a community organization focused on helping neighbors in need.

Neighbors’ Helping Hand (NHH), which launched last year with a community walk and softball tournament, has added “flocking” to its fundraising tools this year.

Flocking is the mysterious appearance of 12 to 18 flamingoes in a front yard, the result of a donation to NHH made by a friend. In the spirit of raising funds, the birds can be removed by making a suggested donation of $25. Fifty dollars buys insurance that you won’t be flocked again for 60 days and $100 insures you for the full 2012 fundraising season.

According to committee member Judge Tony LaRuffa, the flamingoes have become so popular that additional birds have had to be ordered.

The highly successful charity, which formed to promote and protect the well-being and health of community members in need of support, raised enough money last year to help seven families. Two of those receiving support were children battling cancer (see

The NHH committee has identified several families in need this year, and has also added a new goal to raise additional money to enable helping families throughout the upcoming year.
NHH launched under the sponsorship by the Yulan Fire Department (YFD) and YFD Ladies Auxiliary. This year’s walk begins at 9 a.m. on June 9 at the Firemen’s Field in Yulan.

Walkers will trek to the Highland Town Hall in Eldred, and then be shuttled back to the ball field for the Yulan Fire Department Memorial Softball Tournament.

Pre-register for the walk at the Town of Highland Town Clerk’s office or the Yulan Country Store. Donations can be mailed to Neighbors’ Helping Hand, PO Box 183, Yulan, NY 12792. Contact committee members Meg Blaut at 845/557-8342, Kaitlin Haas at 557-8869 or Doreen Sweeney at 557-6540 for more information.