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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
PRESS PHOTOS By Douglas GravesVolunteers line up at The Promenade Shops in Center Valley to greet children as they arrive from Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown for a party. PRESS PHOTOS By Douglas GravesVolunteers line up at The Promenade Shops in Center Valley to greet children as they arrive from Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown for a party.
Alexis and Angelis and Malachi all pitch in to blow out candles on a birthday cake. It was “everybody’s birthday” at the party for children. Alexis and Angelis and Malachi all pitch in to blow out candles on a birthday cake. It was “everybody’s birthday” at the party for children.
Children from the Sixth Street Shelter arrive via school bus for the party. Children from the Sixth Street Shelter arrive via school bus for the party.
0257 Avery Korner serves cake to children from the Sixth Street Shelter. 0257 Avery Korner serves cake to children from the Sixth Street Shelter.
Destiny Richardson and Kayla Klecatsky apply makeup on some of the children. Destiny Richardson and Kayla Klecatsky apply makeup on some of the children.
Kendall Messer applies makeup one of the guests. Kendall Messer applies makeup one of the guests.
Charisse Carrion, owner of Luminous Moments photo booth, poses with Princess Belle, aka Rania Nimeh. Charisse Carrion, owner of Luminous Moments photo booth, poses with Princess Belle, aka Rania Nimeh.
Eliana and Gabriela draw at the special party. Eliana and Gabriela draw at the special party.
Victoria Melton and Alexis and Veronica exit the limousine after a 20-minute ride around the community. Victoria Melton and Alexis and Veronica exit the limousine after a 20-minute ride around the community.
Dilia Coppedge and Melanie Smith lead a yoga class at the Athleta store in The Promenade Shops as an extension of the party for children and their families. Dilia Coppedge and Melanie Smith lead a yoga class at the Athleta store in The Promenade Shops as an extension of the party for children and their families.
Ashley and Sixth Street Shelter social worker Robyn Weaver and former shelter resident Cynthia Salcido practice yoga with Melanie Smith, owner of Miss Melanie Yoga. Ashley and Sixth Street Shelter social worker Robyn Weaver and former shelter resident Cynthia Salcido practice yoga with Melanie Smith, owner of Miss Melanie Yoga.
Princes Belle (aka Rania Nimeh) poses with Jocelyn and Pursha from the Sixth Street Shelter. Rania is a student at Salisbury HS. Princes Belle (aka Rania Nimeh) poses with Jocelyn and Pursha from the Sixth Street Shelter. Rania is a student at Salisbury HS.

Shelter families welcomed

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Douglas Graves Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Dilia Coppedge, owner of The Nanny Loft Foundation, teamed with Tiffany Sandt and Jerod Baim, co-owners of Sweet & Sassy and with Daniel Ballester and Charisse Carrion of Luminous Moment DJ and Photo Booth and with other sponsors to throw a wonderful party Nov. 12 for homeless children from Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown.

Over 30 children arrived by school bus at The Promenade Shops in Saucon Valley and were immediately greeted by about 40 volunteers welcoming the kids and the moms and the Sixth Street Shelter employees who accompanied them.

Pizza and birthday cake started the fun that included make-up and photo booth pictures with a lovely princess portrayed by Salisbury HS student and Sweet & Sassy employee Rania Nemeh. A disc jockey from Luminous Moments DJ provided a lively beat that kept the kids hopping as some of the volunteers, mostly teenage girls, helped the kids try a few dance moves.

Sweet & Sassy also gave the kids rides in the company’s pink limousine.

Other sponsors included Chick-fil-A of Trexlertown and Dicky’s Barbeque Pit, also of Trexlertown. Athleta clothing shop at The Promenade Shops provided space for Melanie Smith, owner of Miss Melanie Yoga, to lead some of the mothers and shelter workers in meditation and yoga exercises.

Sixth Street Shelter Director Kristine Blasco and some of her staff and interns accompanied the children, as did some parents. One of the interns was Robyn Weaver, a student at Kutztown University.

Sixth Street Shelter is a program of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley Inc.