The CenDel Foundation has collaborated with the owners of the Rachel Leigh (Gentsch) Baynard Memorial Fund to provide Christmas presents for 50 needy families in Central Delaware. The Rachel Leigh (Gentsch) Baynard Fund was founded by Richard and Sue Gentsch in memory of their daughter Rachel, who passed away eight years ago — the Fund’s goal is to help people in need in Central Delaware.
In December, CenDel, with the help of DSS Community Partner Support Unit team members from the James Williams Service Center, and a representative from the Dover Airforce Base, identified 50 families in need and provided funding for gift cards that were given as presents for teenagers and used to purchase food for families for Christmas dinner. Fund owners Richard and Sue Gentsch also purchased over 400 gifts over the course of the last year. On December 9th, a Christmas shopping center was set-up at the CenDel Community Building in Downtown Dover, where parents of more than 100 children were able to select gifts for their children
According to Tiaja Langston, “As a single parent, this help means a great deal. With inflation and the cost of everything on the rise, this will provide my family with a blessed Christmas without having to stress about the holidays.”
According to CenDel President Judi Pflaumer, “CenDel has years of experience working with nonprofits and funding the needs of the community. This collaboration was perfect for assisting the Gentsch family in meeting their goal of making sure local children will have Christmas presents under the tree this year.”
Richard and Sue Gentsch
said they were proud to partner with CenDel to make a difference in the community — a project their daughter would be proud of. “During her lifetime, Rachel was a true advocate for people in need throughout the community. Over the past seven years, this fund has tried to meet the needs of people in Central Delaware. The Fund has provided Christmas presents for needy families, coats for school age kids, school supplies for students in need, gifts for seniors in nursing homes and clothing and beds for the homeless community,” said Richard.
The CenDel Foundation is committed to helping generous people transform the community through charitable giving. Since 2008, the Foundation has distributed grants and funding to a variety of organizations in Central Delaware, improving the lives of those living in Kent County. For more information, please call 302.724.7538 or visit www.cendelfoundation.org
*Photo Caption (L to R) Sue and Richard Gentsch. Richard serves as the current Vice President of the CenDel Foundation’s Board of Directors.