Business gives turkeys for families served by Community Action

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 November 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Jeff Colonna, left, and his father Rich gave 25 turkeys to Community Action to share at Thanksgiving with local families. Anni Skowneski, case manager for Community Action, is pictured with the father and son.

ALBION – Community Action is trying to put together Thanksgiving dinners for 160 local families. The agency usually doesn’t have turkeys to give away, but one local business has given Community Action a good start on providing turkeys.

Rich Colonna and his son Jeff have donated 25 turkeys to Community Action. The agency typically has Thanksgiving meals without any meat.

“We give away food baskets based on the food donations,” said Anni Skowneski, case manager for Community Action. “We usually don’t get turkeys.”

With the Colonna gift and other turkey donations, Skowneski said the agency has enough turkeys for 40 families on Thanksgiving. She welcomed more donations from the community for Thanksgiving. She can be reached at 585-589-5605.

Rich Colonna said he has long been connected to Community Action through his electric and plumbing business. The agency also is a liaison for some of his tenants in an apartment rental business.

“If a client gets behind on their water and rent, we can negotiate to keep the tenants in their apartment,” Colonna said. “Community Action has been good to us. They help a lot of needy families.”