Holidays, Human Services, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined state officials, government employees, and members of the National Guard for the 26th annual Holiday Wish Program gift drive in Harrisburg, which provides donated gifts to about 200 families and 100 seniors across Pennsylvania.“The holiday season can be a financially difficult time for many Pennsylvania families,” said Governor Wolf. “I am honored to join in this annual tradition with the members of my cabinet and the hundreds of state workers who participated in this generous drive.”“Commonwealth employees come together every year to make the holidays a little brighter for hundreds of Pennsylvania families,” Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas said. “Many Pennsylvania families work hard to make ends meet, and may still be struggling. The Holiday Wish program shows the true spirit of the holiday season, not only in the faces of the families who are receiving gifts, but those who are giving them.”Cabinet members and executives from the departments of Human Services, Aging, General Services, Health, Transportation, and Labor and Industry joined the National Guard to celebrate, while children from local child care providers were visited by Santa Claus.Volunteer state employees and the Pennsylvania National Guard loaded wrapped gifts into military vehicles and delivered them to participating county assistance offices for distribution to the families and individuals.The families and older adults sponsored for the event were identified through case workers at county assistance offices, a senior citizen complex serving older adults in need, and a community action agency. They list a few gifts they would like to receive, and state employees then choose to sponsor a family or individual.“We hope that these gifts bring a little bit of relief to seniors and a whole lot of joy to the children of hundreds of Pennsylvania families,” said Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne. “We are so proud of and grateful for the generosity of the commonwealth employees who donated their time and demonstrated their care and concern for others”The Holiday Wish program was started in 1989 by a small group of employees from DHS, formerly known as the Department of Public Welfare. Over the years, it has grown to include hundreds of employees in several departments.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Wolf Administration Teams Up to Support Families in Need this Holiday Season December 09, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Black Stars forward, Andre Ayew missed a penalty before going on to score a wonderful half volley in the first leg of the Championship play-off against Brentford.The 1-0 victory handed Swansea the advantage in the semi final first leg with the return fixture set for Wednesday.The Black Stars captain had earlier missed a penalty for the Swans as the Welsh side looked to take an important lead into the second leg.Ayew‘s last 4 goals had all been penalties – his 18th goal of the season for Swansea was the first from open play in 13 appearances.With the game seemingly heading to a stalemate Ayew pounced on some great build-up play from Gallagher and Fulton to fire home a magnificent winner. His effort was beautifully hit on the half-volley and flew into the back of the net.The 30-year-old could have had two goals in the game but missed a penalty in the 64th minute after his shot was superbly blocked by Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.The winner of Wednesday’s semi final tie between Swansea and Brentford over two legs will face the winner of Fulham and for a place in the Premier League next season.
Trindade Goncalves converted a late penalty as Jamshedpur FC subjected Bengaluru FC to their second consecutive loss at home after the visitors managed a 1-0 victory at the Sree Kanteevara Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.Goncalves kept his cool to find the net off an injury time penalty as Jamshedpur won full points for only the second time in the league.On the other hand, Bengaluru were keen to get back to winning ways after their defeat against Chennaiyin FC in the last game. With the Bengaluru crowd and the West Block Blues backing them, they began well as always but Jamshedpur took the cake in the end. Jamshedpur now have nine points from six matches, the same as FC Pune City and are placed sixth in the league table.The defeat was Bengaluru’s third in seven matches but despite the loss, Sunil Chhetri-led club are placed second in the league table behind FC Goa with 12 points. However, Goa have two games in hand and have a huge opportunity to open up a good point gap.Bengaluru FC were keen to get back to winning ways after their defeat against Chennaiyin FC in the previous game. With the crowd backing them, they started well but, just like the previous clash, Jamshedpur FC had the last laugh with a dramatic winner in the 90th minute of play.The fierce battle seemed destined for a draw after both teams went close in either half but took a dramatic turn in the final minute of play. Substitute Sameehg Doutie made his trademark run towards the goal with the ball ahead of him and was tripped from behind by Rahul Bheke. The referee promptly awarded a penalty in the final minute which Trindade converted by showing nerves of steel.advertisementIt was a dramatic end to a match which could have gone either way in the 90 minutes of play.Jamshedpur, for instance, went close twice in quick succession in the 54th and 61st minutes. At first, Kervens Belfort had a golden opportunity to give his team the lead but goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh made a super save when his outstretched legs kept the close-range attempt away.Seven minutes later, Belfort played a delightful through ball for Jerry Mawhmingthanga, leaving the Bengaluru defence in tatters, but Jerry’s effort missed the target by a whisker.Bengaluru, too, came agonisingly close to securing the opening goal with 19 shots on goal. Captain Sunil Chhetri had the best chance in the 77th minute when he found himself with just the goalkeeper to beat. But the striker hit straight into the onrushing goalkeeper Subrata Paul, much to the disappointment of the home crowd.