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Elaine Weglewski (left) and Myra Mallis, of The A Team, with Vince Schiavone.

The nonprofit Caring for Friends last week held its annual volunteer awards breakfast at Parx Casino.

Honorees were:

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• Caring Faith-Based Organization of the Year: St. Vincent de Paul Society

• Caring Family of the Year: Stacey and Jerry McLaughlin and their children Avery, Elle and Gray, of Washington Crossing

• Rita Ungaro-Schiavone Volunteer of the Year: The Rev. Nancy Jackson, of Zion AME Church, 21st and Tasker streets

• Caring Community Organization of the Year: Mu Beta Phi Military Fraternity Tri-State Kings

• Caring School of the Year: Springton Lake Middle School, of Delaware County

• Caring Breakfast Bag Assembly Group of the Year: The nine-woman A team, represented by Elaine Weglewski and Myra Mallis

• Caring Company of the Year: Burlington

• Caring Office Volunteer of the Year: Anne Dempster

• Caring Kitchen Volunteer of the Year: Gloria Meyers

The Far Northeast-based Caring for Friends was founded 50 years ago as Aid for Friends by Rita Ungaro-Schiavone.

“We want to make it last the next 50,” said CEO Vince Schiavone, Rita’s son.

Caring for Friends delivers some 3 million free meals to more than 300,000 people a year, thanks to more than 10,000 volunteers who share food and friendship with the homebound, homeless and “hidden hungry” in the Philadelphia area. The agency works with about 500 partners.

Ungaro-Schiavone believed, “No one should be hungry or alone in a world of caring people.”

Ron Davis, of Parx, treated the crowd to a rendition of the song You’ve Got a Friend.

Caring for Friends will soon begin a marketing campaign with digital billboards reading, WeCryEveryDay.org. ••

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