North River Church members, Anita Abrams, Jen Davis, Amy Sebattis, Sandy and Jim Cashman make plates of cookies for inclusion in the Christmas Baskets distributed by the Johnsburg Food Pantry in December 2011. All of the cookies were made and donated by members of the Johnsburg community.
Adirondack Community Outreach Center (ACOC) volunteers are getting ready for their annual Christmas food basket drive, and they are receiving some much-needed help from the community for a variety of their programs.
ACOC Board President Judy Brown said she expects to provide Christmas food baskets to about 150 families this year. More than 140 Christmas dinners were provided in 2011.
“They get to choose either a ham or a turkey, and they get the fixings that go along with it,” Brown said.
Parishioners at the North River United Methodist Church have made it a holiday tradition to bake cookies for the Johnsburg Food Pantry food basket program.
“All of the North River people here now know that we ask people to give at least four dozen cookies,” Brown said. “And most people do more than four dozen.”
Cookies for the food baskets are due on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the North River church. Donations are welcome, and they can be left at the church on Dec. 15 or 16.
“Sunday after church, the people in North River get together and put out the trays and mix up the cookies so everybody has a mixture of Christmas cookies,” Brown said.
It’s quite a scene. Several tables are set up at the church, and rows of plates – 36 per table – are set up. A variety of cookies are neatly placed on each plate for packaging. Cookies will be delivered to the Outreach Center in North Creek so they can be placed in the boxes on Monday, Dec. 17. That’s when volunteers put the baskets together. They are delivered on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Most people who get the Christmas food baskets are already signed up to get food from the Food Pantry.
“But that’s not necessary for our Christmas food boxes,” Brown said, “There’s some people that don’t come on a regular basis to the Food Pantry, but these are for anybody who asks. We don’t want anybody to go hungry.”
But families do have to preregister by calling the Adirondack Community Outreach Center at 251-3481. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 10.
Brown extended a thank-you to all the people who have donated to the Outreach Center for its many programs and its building fundraiser, which began about a year ago. They were able to raise enough money for a new roof and install new macadam in front of the building.
“People have been very generous,” Brown said.
The Adirondack Community Outreach Center is located on State Route 28 between North Creek and Wevertown.
Luncheon Fashion Show & Auction
The Adirondack Community Outreach Center will get a boost this year thanks to the Town of Johnsburg Library Ladies Luncheon, which will be held at noon Dec. 10 at the Inn on Gore in North Creek. Call the Town of Johnsburg Library to register at 251-4343 or just stop in to choose your entree. Proceeds from this annual event will be donated to the Outreach Center. But this is no ordinary lunch; it is also a fashion show and auction.
The ladies who work in the Family Clothing Center have been setting aside some higher-end clothes for their fashion show at the Library Ladies Luncheon.
“All of the clothes that are in the fashion show are for sale,” Brown said. “People donate amazing stuff that is new looking, name brand stuff. There’s been some gorgeous $250 sweaters that people donate.”
Kathleen Donnelly will be the emcee for the show and will coordinate the bids coming from the ladies enjoy their lunch. Proceeds from the fashion show sales and silent auction will go to the Outreach Center, as will 20 percent of the $20 cost to eat lunch. Everyone is asked to bring a canned good or toiletry item.
Gore Mt. food drive
The Outreach Center is also getting some help from the Gore Mountain ski center this holiday season. Gore’s food drive netted 1,300 items for the Johnsburg Food Pantry during the facility’s opening weekend, Nov. 23-25, according to Gore spokesperson Emily Stanton. Skiers who donated two non-perishable food items at the ski center received $20 off their lift ticket. The promotion will continue through Dec. 21, with skiers receiving $10 off their lift tickets if they donate one non-perishable food item to the food drive.