Remembering Kenneth Williamson

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 11/29/2012, 4:18 p.m.

* The FRX3 Eton Emergency Radio is solar-powered or may be hand-cranked to recharge. It broadcasts emergency weather alerts and has an LED and a flashing red light. It can also play music from an external MP3 player; $60 from the Red Cross Store, redcrossstore.org, 877-400-2286.

* A 7-inch battery-operated color television keeps you connected, informed and entertained; $99.99 from stormprepare.com, 321-549-7321.

* The Battery Organizer with Tester is a compact way to store up to 66 batteries, either in a drawer or on a wall; $14.99 from the Improvements Catalog, improvementscatalog.com, 800-634-9484; add to this gift by filling it with batteries of all sizes.

All very good buys.

Happy birthday to Tarrah Manley Smallwood, Jemel Crumbs, Naomi Diane Brown, Krishna Tarter Tabor, Rita Butler and Dr. Marcella Maxwell. Happy 41st anniversary to Cyril and Delores Poindexter. Looking for a new place to celebrate? Yes, there always seems to be a new place and, most def, always a reason to celebrate. Working our way just a little further uptown are the Harlem Social and Tonalli, both located on Broadway, between 148th and 150th streets. Both are very trendy, comfy and offer a change of scenery.

Are you one of the lucky ones--lucky to be a client of Citymeals on Wheels, the nonprofit organization that provides a meal daily to thousands of the city's homebound? If you are, you will be glad to know that the Citymeals on Wheels 26th annual Power Lunch for Women raised $1.1 million, enough to provide over 150,000 meals to the elderly; just in time for Christmas.

Neither rain nor wind kept Citymeals workers from delivering over 60,000 meals to senior citizens affected by the storm. It was not unusual for volunteers to hike up to the top floor of buildings that had lost power to reach the recipients, only to find other seniors not on the charity's roster weeping and hungry. Determined to serve, the volunteers not only went back down to get more meals but climbed the stairs once again to make sure everyone had something to eat. It cost Citymeals about an extra $500,000, but after all, it was all in the true spirit of Thanksgiving.

Totally enthused by it all, revelers at the luncheon, which included men who paid a whopping $10,000 to be there, placed high bids and dug down deep into their pockets for the auction items that included a seven-course meal for a party of eight, prepared by a chef extraordinaire, in the bidder's home, with a private performance by songstress Roberta Flack. Oh, I would have loved that, but with the two final bids coming in at $20,000, it was just a tad out of my reach this year. But I'm trying.

Until next week ... kisses.