Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Edition:

  • How to Help Military Families this Holiday Season
  • New Online Resource for Help Battling Addiction
  • Being Prepared for Winter Driving
  • Searchable Database of Recalled Toys & Products
  • Tips to Avoid Losing Data to Credit Card Skimmers
  • Around the 40th District

How to Help Military Families this Holiday Season

The holiday season is a good time to consider giving to programs that support Pennsylvania veterans, active military and their families.

The four tax-deductible programs administered by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs are the Military Family Relief Assistance Program, the Veterans’ Trust Fund, Residents’ Welfare Funds, and the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund.

You can find information on these programs and how to donate online or by mail here.

New Online Resource for Help Battling Addiction

Pennsylvanians seeking substance use disorder treatment for themselves or others can find local treatment options and related services through the Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART).

It also provides resources if a person is experiencing homelessness, has issues with transportation to treatment, or has legal concerns, as well as programs that may be available depending on a person’s income.

Being Prepared for Winter Driving

You can take a few simple steps to ensure you and your vehicle are winter-ready for a brief inconvenience or an extended emergency, potentially delaying your travel plans for several hours.

Pennsylvania winter conditions make it a good idea to ensure tires, antifreeze, wiper blades, heaters, defrosters, and lights-high and low beams, are fully operational. It is a good time to replace weathered belts, capable of snapping in frigid temperatures.

PennDOT recommends packing an emergency travel kit, including any special needs such as medication, baby products, or pet food, to increase your comfort in case of a travel delay.

Searchable Database of Recalled Toys & Products

Parents can access a searchable Consumer Product Safety Commission database of recalled toys and other products.

The commission announced 15 recalls among the 40 tested toys & children’s products in 2018. From October 5, 2017 to October 26, 2018, more than 2.7 million individual toys or products were pulled from shelves.

Tips to Avoid Losing Data to Credit Card Skimmers

Losing credit/debit card data to a card skimmer can ruin your holiday season. With this data, thieves can withdraw money from your bank account and make unauthorized purchases, and may sell this information to others.

Here are some tips for consumers to protect themselves and for retailers to protect their customers.

Around the 40th District

A very special congratulations to August “Gus” Randazzo of Troop 109 upon reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. For his project, Gus led a team of volunteers to pick up and move large amounts of debris at the Polk Township Nature Park after the area incurred significant storm damage. He also took initiative to remove invasive species and replace them with native plants. We congratulate you on this well-deserved honor and wish you all the best in the years ahead!

This week we celebrated the ribbon cutting for the American Cancer Society of Berks, Northampton and Lehigh Counties. While not a new location for the ACS, the Hanover Township offices are a newly consolidated location for their regional offices. We are grateful for the dedicated work of the many staff and volunteers who are committed to finding new cures for cancer, supporting research and caring for the warriors battling cancer. Thank you all for your continued work!

The Monroe County Area Agency on Aging recognized the Older Adult Learning Center in East Stroudsburg and area volunteer Dolores Sears-Horton for their work in meeting the needs of seniors throughout the region. Thank you for your commitment to our community!

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