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At their very core, nonprofit organizations and food cupboards exist only to serve. They are created and established with the sole goal of helping people in need — to provide food, services and support to the most vulnerable in society. Nonprofits and food cupboards depend on the goodness, generosity and kindness of others — those people who have the means to give.

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Editor's note: This is the first in a "Season of Caring" series looking at local groups and organizations that have helped those in need. Manna on Main Street is a Lansdale-based nonprofit that has helped provide food, emergency financial aid, and much more to the community for nearly four decades.

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POTTSTOWN — If you wanted to quantify the impact Operation Holiday has had over its 30 years of operation, the numbers would be a good place to start.

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LANSDALE — Legislators and Montgomery County leaders reacted with sorrow this week to the death of Frank Bartle, former county Republican chairman who served as a solicitor for numerous municipalities and a mentor to many in politics.

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The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Friday failed to pass a package of reforms to Pennsylvania’s drunk driving laws championed by outgoing state Sen. Tom Killion after what he described as last-minute opposition by two groups: the American Civil Liberties Union and Firearm Owners Against Crime.

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POTTSTOWN — While the parking lot of the Montgomery County Health Clinic in Pottstown sat mostly vacant Friday morning, it was only a matter of time before the area would soon turn into a flurry of activity.

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FORT WASHINGTON -- The Fort Washington Lightbridge Academy, an early education and child care center, in partnership with the brand’s non-profit, the Lightbridge Foundation, has recently donated $500 to a local, deserving charity. Lightbridge Academy owner Randi Weiss and center director Jane Bucknam chose to donate these funds to the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund, a local charity that lightens burdens and lifts spirits of families caring for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and injuries since 1976.

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NORRISTOWN — The Montgomery County Commissioners authorized a series of contracts totaling $5.57 million Thursday related to mitigation and response efforts surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NORRISTOWN — A group of parents has gone to court to prevent a Montgomery County Board of Health order that would require all public and private schools to move to an all-virtual learning model for a two-week period around the Thanksgiving holiday from taking effect next week.

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PLYMOUTH — First Friday dinners at Plymouth Meeting’s Church on the Mall usually take place at communal tables in the congregation’s tranquil sanctuary. The free monthly meals are cooked from scratch by church members, open to anyone – congregants, area residents or workers, folks passing through on SEPTA – and seen as “a way to provide a place where everyone belongs, everyone is fed and no one is a stranger.”

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NORRISTOWN — A judge sentenced a Pottstown man to a period in jail and some probation after the man admitted to illegal drug activity in the borough.

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NORRISTOWN — As the fall surge of the coronavirus continued to grip Montgomery County, officials reported that more than 1,800 individuals tested positive for the virus and seven more people died from the virus during the latest seven-day period ending Tuesday.

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NORRISTOWN — Saying they should have the choice as to whether their children attend in-person or virtual schooling, some Montgomery County parents gathered to oppose an order by health officials that public and private schools move to an all-virtual learning mode for a two-week period around the Thanksgiving holiday to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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PHILADELPHIA — Officials of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said they will comply with the directive from Montgomery County health officials that all public and private schools in the county move to an all-virtual learning model for a two-week period around the Thanksgiving holiday.

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WILLOW GROVE — One person was injured Sunday evening following a shooting in the area of the Willow Grove Park Mall in Willow Grove, according to the Abington Township Police Department.

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State Sen. Katie Muth, D-44th, of Royersford, announced that her office will be hosting two virtual health care enrollment events to help constituents through the process of selecting an insurance plan through the new Pennsylvania state exchange.