Sarah’s Snippets 10/31
Afterward, Ken and I presented our SALT update and closed with our own appeal for assistance. Despite having just stepped up and supported a family with immediate needs and discussed a number of other community needs, the group immediately pledged to help SALT. Yes, Rotary is a service organization known for its commitment to helping others. The generosity the Scotia club demonstrated to Ken and me this week certainly proved this to be true.
Preparations for this year’s holiday season have already begun. The Christmas Collaboration, a four-year-old group of local agencies and churches, is gathering toys and gift cards to share with local families at Christmas. This group is another positive outgrowth of the Irene/Lee disaster. As local agencies were unable to meet the increased need for holiday baskets in 2011, the Christmas Collaboration formed to fill the gaps. They are still filling the gaps four years later.
The Collaboration will be collecting financial donations, toys, gifts, and gift cards beginning next week. Items may be delivered to the Dollar General stores or to the Schoharie County Head Start building, 114 Lark Street, Cobleskill. Families who would like to receive a basket for Christmas may apply at Catholic Charities, 489 West Main Street, Cobleskill on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10am-2pm November 3rd through December 5th (excluding the Friday after Thanksgiving). SALT is pleased to participate in this important service to our community’s families.
More outstanding volunteers! Two young men from the Schoharie Latter Days Saints church, Elder Jacob Jepsen and Elder Tyler Richins, have served SALT weekly for several months. Cathleen Cox is another faithful volunteer, who has been assisting in the office twice weekly for a number of months. Cathleen has been cataloguing years of news articles and creating scrapbooks that form a valuable historic record of SALT’s activities. Many thanks to these invaluable folks!