To the Editor:
I am the volunteer director of the Johnsburg Food Pantry in North Creek and I wanted to share some recent experiences I have had. As with all other food pantries in the area, ours has had a decrease in funding and an increase in the number of families needing our services. As a result, our shelves are often depleted after a Tuesday distribution, leaving us wondering how we will be able to get enough food to feed all of those in our community who need it. Several amazing things have happened to make our continuing possible.
First, the local churches throughout the Johnsburg community have created a non-ending stream of donations on a regular basis all year. Recently, the local Cub Scout troop did a collection and when I walked into the pantry building after they’d dropped off their collection, I burst into tears. They had gathered enough food to fill all of our tables. I was absolutely awed by the overwhelming generosity of the members of our own community who give through their churches and gave to the Cub Scouts and filled our shelves.
Knowing our problem from the ‘inside’, several of our volunteers made crafts using their own time and creativity to sell and raise additional monies. In addition, the Lights On Committee gave us a table at the Copperfield last weekend and we collected even more food and financial donations. Finally, each year, Gore Mountain discounts skiers tickets in return for a food donation and so far this year, we have had several vans full of non-perishable foods donated through Gore.
This weekend, the small North River Church will assemble 150 plates of homemade Christmas cookies to be included in the Christmas dinner baskets the pantry will be distributing. The people of our community and organizations like our churches and Gore Mountain have assured that we will be able to feed our deserving community members through 2013. Where else would one find such caring and generosity but in this wonderful North Country community of Johnsburg?
The Pantry isn’t out of the woods yet, and will continue to need such caring donations in order to manage in 2014, but I’m feeling so full of love and caring for all that these various individuals and organizations have done to help others. I hope everyone who has given will celebrate the holidays this year with warmth in their hearts knowing that they’ve made a difference for so many of their neighbors. I feel so proud to live in a community with such a big heart.
Anita L. Abrams,