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Community was generous during holidays

Posted 5 January 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

The staff of Community Action, the Board of Directors, and the hundreds of families who received a holiday basket wish to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to all the wonderful and caring individuals who assisted our agency this holiday season.

The joy of helping less fortunate families receive a holiday basket filled with food and toys for their children, giving a single individual food and personal items, delivering a fruit basket donated by Save-A-Lot to shut-in senior citizens, this is a feeling everyone should experience.

The smiles, the tears, the hugs, the thanks, were all made possible through the generosity of businesses, civic groups, churches, Girl and Boy scout troops, service organizations, schools, private individuals, people who donated through the angel trees, FFA Albion who donated close to 30,000 pounds of food, people who sent money donations, and adopted families, businesses who participated in our Annual Toy Challenge that donated toys, the Albion School system who helped pack baskets, Albion Baptist Church for use of their church for toys, the many volunteers who sorted toys and food to give less fortunate families the joy of the holiday season.

Thank you to all who donated money to our Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, the businesses where we had kettles, the bell ringers, our wonderful coordinators who made it possible to raise $19,940.16 this year.

Through all of you we were able to assist 650 families in Orleans County and 75 shut-in senior citizens. Community Action could not have done what we did without the wonderful caring people who stepped up and assisted us in making the holidays brighter.

We wish you all a wonderful and safe 2015.

Annette Grillo Finch
Director of Community Services
Salvation Army Treasurer

Anni Skowneski
Case manger
Community Action of Orleans