The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

September 30, 2013

Snyder County alpaca farm hosts picnic for cancer patient

MOUNT PLEASANT MILLS — It’s “neighbor helping neighbor” in Mount Pleasant Mills, a Snyder County community with a large Mennonite population surrounding the Pallas Hill Alpaca Farm, Joyce Carnall said.

So it was a no-brainer to use her five-acre, 20-alpaca farm Saturday to raise money for a little neighbor in need.

The Mennonite community is private, Carnall said, so there aren’t many details about the 5-year-old cancer patient: Her name is Christina, and she’s enduring heavy doses of chemotherapy at the children’s hospital at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

But the picnic-style fundraiser on Joyce and Bill Carnall’s farm saw nearly 200 people come out to enjoy good food — cooked by other Mennonite families in the area — and raise money for Christina. A figure for how much was collected was unavailable Sunday.

Most Mennonite families do not carry health insurance, and Christina’s family didn’t want their plight known, Joyce Carnall said. She learned about Christina through other Mennonite families who asked Carnall if she’d lend her farm for the event.

“I would do anything for my neighbors, and they for us,” she said.

This was a happy marriage of events, as well. The end of every September is National Alpaca Farm Days, an annual effort to promote the industry and let people get to know the gentle, woolly animals that are native to South America.

The wool from Pallas Hill’s alpacas is processed in Halifax, making it a “PA Preferred” product under the state-supported agricultural marketing program.

“I love to share information about these wonderful animals, every opportunity we get,” Carnall said.

With roughly 200 meals sold, diners also learned that alpacas are simple to care for. The Carnalls bought the land in 2007 and started with just two alpacas. “They’re very manageable, really gentle animals,” she said. “They don’t challenge fences or gates or anything.”

Christina was going to attend the fundraiser herself, “but the doctors decided they wanted her to stay there” in Hershey, Carnall said.

People continued stopping by the Carnalls’ farm Sunday to make donations, which Carnall said will all go to the family.

The farm will continue to accept donations on Christina’s behalf. Checks may be made payable to Pallas Hill Alpaca Farm, noting “care of Christina” in the memo portion.

The address is Pallas Hill Alpaca Farm, 1843 Hoffer Road, Mount Pleasant Mills, PA 17853.

1
Text Only
News
  • State: Discard raw milk from Greenfield Dairy

    MIDDLEBURG — Consumers should discard raw milk purchased recently from the Greenfield Dairy of Middleburg, which also has temporarily suspended production after Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in the product following routine testing, the state Department of Agriculture announced today.

    April 18, 2014

  • Penn State police: Three posed nude at Nittany shrine

    STATE COLLEGE — Penn State police say three male students who reportedly posed nude for a photo at the university’s Nittany Lion Shrine face school discipline.

    April 18, 2014

  • State unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in March

    HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s jobless rate has continued its steady decline. The state Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent in March.

    April 18, 2014

  • Report: Pennsylvania forests impacted by drilling

    PITTSBURGH — A small portion of Pennsylvania state forest land has been impacted by shale gas drilling, but many questions remain about how to manage the politically sensitive issue that is opposed by many residents, according to a new report.

    April 18, 2014

  • TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Route 45 east of Montandon

    MONTANDON — A paving project is slowing traffic today on Route 45 east of Montandon.

    April 18, 2014

  • Accident victims remain in critical condition this morning

    DANVILLE - Victims from serious traffic accidents the past two days remain in critical condition this morning at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

    April 18, 2014

  • Porn prank riles Bucknell University president

    LEWISBURG — A fake email that contained a link to a pornographic website was sent to Bucknell students, faculty and staff on Tuesday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • 28-mile cross walk steps off in Northumberland

    SUNBURY — Two “cross walks” this morning, including a 28-mile trek from Northumberland to Beaver Springs, are among the highlights of Easter activities and services in the Valley.

    April 18, 2014

  • rsstrike18a.jpg Picketing begins at four Danville schools

    DANVILLE — It started like any other school day during the year, with teachers up early and arriving at school at 7:30 in the morning.

     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Line Mountain board, teachers to talk Tuesday

    MANDATA — Line Mountain school board President Troy Laudenslager is far more optimistic this week than he has been as the board and the Line Mountain Education Association head into their first contract negotiation session in three months.

    April 18, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Poll

How do you eat your chocolate Easter bunny?

Feet first
Tail first
Ears first
     View Results
Photo Galleries
The Valley

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.