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Firefighters aid food pantry

PORT HENRY There was no fire, but it was an emergency so the Port Henry Fire Department decided to help. Realizing the Moriah food pantry is low on supplies, firefighters just completed a fundraising activity and plan a food drive. During the departments annual pig roast Oct. 7, firefighters held a 50-50 raffle to benefit the local food shelf. It netted $542 when the winner, Becky Blaise of Crown Point, decided to donate her winnings, according to Chief George Daly. Joanne Podres of the food pantry accepted the donation. We had a very successful roast and it was a pleasure to help out the food pantry, Daly said. Also making a donation that day was the band Loose Monkey, who performed for free. We are very grateful for those that turned out to support our effort and equally pleased that we are able to help those less fortunate, said Jim Hughes, 2nd assistant chief of the PHFD. Our community has been tremendously generous to our department. In turn, the officers and members decided it this would be another way of giving back to our community. And Port Henry firefighters arent done. They are planning a food drive for the Moriah pantry in conjunction with their annual Santa Claus Run in December. We will be working closely with the food pantry in advance of this date and we will be communicating to the public where the needs are in terms of food with the goal of building up their inventory, Hughes said. The plight of the Moriah food pantry came to light when Sue Morse of the local charity made an appeal for donations during the Sept. 11 Moriah town board meeting. In a letter to trustees, Morse explained 50 families a month are using the food pantry, an increase from past years. That number is expected to increase with the arrival of cold weather, which forces many families to choose between paying for heat or food. The Moriah food pantry needs non-perishable food and cash donations. Monetary contributions can be mailed to the Moriah Food Pantry, 15 Maple Lane, Mineville 12956. Pantry officials are also now placing collection boxes for non-perishable food items at local businesses and at the town hall at 14 Park Place in Port Henry. People who have questions or who would like to make donations can call Morse at 942-3386 or Diane Redmond at 546-3378.

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