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December 10, 2016
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Launching lanterns of hope for child victims of violence

More than 100 biodegradable lanterns are set adrift by the crowd assembled atop the dam overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack.

Following Loposky, Hawley mayor Kevin Hawk presented a proclamation declaring July 29 “Marley’s Mission Day” in Hawley. Talerico shared news that the organization, which currently operates from a rented farm in Lake Ariel, PA, will be relocating to a permanent property made available through the generosity of several benefactors. The organization’s name will change to Marley’s Mission on Matt Burne Acres at Eckel Farms.

The crowd then walked to the nearby dam overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack to light more than 100 biodegradable white lanterns. Exclamations and murmurs of delight emanated from the flame-lit faces as young and old alike released the glowing lamps to drift into the darkening sky above a collection of boats bobbing on the inky water.

Board member Justin Genzlinger and other local sponsors who hosted the special event hope to see it become an annual tradition. Genzlinger noted that a significant number of children from Wayne and Pike counties receive services free of charge at Marley’s Mission and encouraged everyone to do their part to sustain the important work that happens there.

The organization is always in need of volunteers, but it is currently most in need of financial support to fund the transition to its new location and to help keep its services free to all who seek them. Donations made payable to “Marley’s Mission” may be mailed to PO Box 505, Scranton, PA 18501.

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