Representatives from Knight of Columbus Council 3525 presented a check for $3,500 and 3,239 nonperishable food items to the Mooers Food Pantry Oct. 26. Darcy Castine, a representative from the food pantry, is seen third from left. She was joined, from left, by the council’s food drive committee members, Francis Mercaldi, Chuck Connor, Richard Favreau, Tom Trombley, Chris Trombley, and Bruce West.
The efforts of one local nonprofit organization have helped further the efforts of another.
Representatives from Knight of Columbus Council 3525 presented a check for $3,500 and 3,239 nonperishable food items to the Mooers Food Pantry Oct. 26. The donation was made possible through a four-day collection drive at the local Price Chopper supermarket.
Grand Knight Chris Trombley stated the drive, held Oct. 14 through 17, went “very well” despite a troubled economy and inclement weather that gripped the Northern Tier. The results of the drive were “much better than we expected,” he added.
“The members of our council did not know what to expect as this was one of the largest charity events we have ever done in the history of our council,” said Trombley. “Many of our members have years of combined business and organizational experience which benefitted in the planning stages of this drive. It took many meetings and advance planning prior to this four-day event and we still went into this expecting the unexpected.”
The unexpected, said Trombley, was “the outpouring of help from our community, businesses, and council members who donated their own time and money for this cause.”
“Our council is still amazed at the outpouring of support and community spirit that still exists despite the fact that everyone is going through some tough economic times,” said Trombley.
Darcy Castine, a representative of the Mooers Food Pantry, said the donation will go a long way in helping her organization, which serves more than 400 families throughout northern Clinton County, including the communities of Mooers, Mooers Forks, Altona, Chazy, West Chazy, Sciota, Champlain, Rouses Point and Ellenburg.
“The fundraiser was much more than we expected,” said Castine. “The food and money collected will be used for local families, which we are seeing an increase in weekly. The Knights have shown how they can pull together and pull the community together to meet their main goal of charity.”
“We really appreciate their efforts,” she added.
What excited Knights of Columbus members like Trombley was how their mission to do charitable work seemed to inspire others. Students from the Northeastern Clinton Central School District volunteered during the event, loading nonperishable donations into the two trailers that were eventually filled as a result of the drive.
“When we arrived we were greeted by several young people who were there because they wanted to be and were just as excited,” said Trombley. “It was refreshing to see such enthusiasm in the whole group
However, one of the most moving moments for the Knights, said Trombley, was when a young girl from Chazy and her mother showed up at the collection drive after reading about the event in the newspaper the week before.”
“On the second day of our food drive both she and her mother came to our table and informed us that instead of gifts for her 7th birthday party, she requested her guest bring at least one item for the food drive,” said Trombley. “We helped unload a trunkload full of food and were impressed by this little girl’s spirit of giving.”
Trombley added he and his fellow council members thank the community and “our Canadian and Vermont friends for their overwhelming generosity” and Knights who gave “outstanding support of time, talent and monetary contributions.”