COLUMN: Volunteer Connections - Thanksgiving donations needed to help feed local families

— We need your help to be able to continue a long time Thanksgiving tradition here in our Baldwinsville community. Many less fortunate families are not able to afford a real Thanksgiving dinner without this help. Last year, with donations from churches, schools, businesses, organizations and many individuals, 70 families were able to take home all the makings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner.

If you, or perhaps together with your friends, family or neighbors, would like to donate a complete dinner, a turkey or any of the food items that go into putting a dinner together; please call the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center at 638-0251 by Nov. 9.

Thanks to the Baldwinsville Optimist Club, our village was very colorful for Halloween! Now they could use your help from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3, to clean the paint off of all of the windows. This is a good community service project for teens. Please call either me at 638-0251 or Gene Hearl at 516-1787 for more information about how you can help.

The Salvation Army is beginning to recruit bell ringers for their Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season. Volunteers are needed from Nov. 17 to Dec. 24. Please call Andrew Sabbaghzadeh at 479-3668 or visit their website at sasyr.org for more information.

The Baldwinsville Rotary Club will be hosting a Membership Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the First United Methodist Church (17 W. Genesee St.). If you have been thinking about joining a local service organization, this will be a chance for you to find out more about what they do in our community and how to become a member. For more information, contact Charlie Farrell, club president, at 635-3222.

Nancy Conley is the executive director of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center. For other volunteer opportunities, please visit bvillevolunteers.org or call Nancy at the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center at 638-0251.

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