Holiday food and toys

sought for needy

CityTeam Ministries, a Chester-based nonprofit organization that serves the poor and homeless in the Philadelphia area, needs help to provide food to more than 800 low-income families and deliver toys to more than 2,000 children this holiday season.

The group also seeks assistance to start prepping for next year's efforts.

At this point, the organization prefers donations of money because it provides flexibility and prevents overstocking or understocking of specific items, a CityTeam representative said.

Tax-deductible cash contributions via check or money order should be made to "CityTeam Ministries," with the notation "Holiday Food Drive."  Donations can be sent to CityTeam, 634 Sproul St., Chester, Pa. 19013, or made by visiting

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Also on the Web site, donors can sign up for the Memorial Gift Program. A $25 gift provides toys for a needy child.

Tax-deductible contributions of toys can be delivered directly to CityTeam's Rescue Mission, 634 Sproul St., Chester. It will be open for holiday collections between 9 a.m. and noon tomorrow, and reopen for toy collections from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Volunteers are also needed Friday, when all extra toys must be moved from the Chester Armory at Eighth and Sproul Streets to the main building at Seventh and Sproul. To volunteer for the 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. shift or the 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. shift, call volunteer coordinator Paul Homan at 610-872-6865, Ext. 114.

Glen Mills man named

top auto technician

Daniel Phillips of Glen Mills was honored as the Midas International/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year at an awards banquet last month in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Thirty-seven other Automotive Service Excellence-certified technicians were recognized at the event, sponsored by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. The nonprofit group was founded in 1972 as an independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through voluntary testing and certification of automotive professionals.

Midas honored Phillips based on his Automotive Service Excellence test scores, job performance, and civic and community involvement.

Phillips, who has been in the automotive industry for 25 years, works at Midas in West Chester. He previously won a Midas Shake, Rattle and Roll Shock national contest, given to the store manager whose store sells the most shock absorbers and struts in a month. He was also chosen to be a model for Midas marketing materials in 2006.

Springfield woman

honored for home care

Helen Nowell of Springfield has been named the 2007 Comfort Keeper of the Year by the international organization's local office, which provides in-home care services to residents.

Nowell has worked out of the Springfield office for a year, and serves people in Delaware County and Philadelphia and on the Main Line.

Founded in 1998, the Comfort Keepers' franchise system is in more than 550 locations in 45 states and several countries.

- Ed Mahon