Friends Helping Friends

We are asking for help for our dear friends Sharon and Chris Van Houten. As some of you may already know, Chris was let go from his job at Van Houten Farms. This came as a big surprise after working there for 45+ years. He was always told the business would be handed down to him and he would run the family business with his sons by his side. He counted on this for their future and security. As you know with a family business, there is no 401k or pension and SS will be minimal.  They are doing everything they can but are struggling terribly trying to stay in their home and pay their bills since this all happened this past March.

Sharon and Chris are both lifelong residents of the Pearl River Community and have always been committed to helping others. Chris is life member of the Excelsior Engine Company with 30+ years as a volunteer fireman.  He helped build and still maintains the 9/11 Memorial Gardens at all of the Pearl River Schools and the field on Central Avenue. Sharon is also very community minded and there to help others in need. Whether it be a food drive, cooking meals for someone else down on their luck, collecting blankets for Hi-Tor Animal Shelter or making care packages for our soldiers, Sharon has always put her heart into helping. She was also a Girl Scout Leader and volunteered at any school event that she could.

Sharon and Chris have been trying to get by on their own but they need our help. So that is why we as their friends have created this page. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for any help you can give.
  • DeSimone Family 
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
  • Maria Rooney 
    • $100 
    • 33 mos
  • Kristen Sabino 
    • $100 
    • 33 mos
  • Patricia Flynn 
    • $100 
    • 33 mos
  • Joel Spoelstra 
    • $100 
    • 33 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Linda Lukenda Colodner 
Pearl River, NY
Sharon Van Houten 
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