Man fights for food shelf with snowballs

ELIZABETHTOWN Is it possible to sell snow to Adirondackers during the middle of winter? Standing in 20 degrees Fahrenheit weather on a windy day, Ed Grzanowski of Lewis tried to find the answer. For three hours Feb. 16, Grzanowski stood in front of the Grand Union in Elizabethtown peddling snowballs. He said the initial idea to sell snowballs began as something fun to do, but turned into a fundraiser for the Elizabethtown Food Pantry. Making the snowballs, he said, was a challenge because the snow was powdery, and hed had to add water to get them to collect. Grzanowski also suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome, making the work a bit painful to perform. He came prepared with 175 snowballs pre-made. The prices, he said, were very reasonable - snowballs cost 25 cents each, or five for $1. Grzanowski didnt manage to sell any snowballs in front of the Grand Union, although many people passing by offered a donation. He said he solicited several businesses for donations, and had to make snowball deliveries to Plattsburgh, as well as at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital. Mad Pup Tattoo Parlor in Plattsburgh donated $100. Through the snowball sale, Grzanowski raised $350 for the food shelf. Every little bit helped, he added. It turned out better than I thought, said Grzanowski. Grzanowski said next year he planned on hosting a red, white and blue snowball sale. His goal is to double the amount of money he collected.

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