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Rotarians, banks join together for food shelf donation

PLATTSBURGH - Though the holidays are long since over, the giving spirit remains.

The Plattsburgh Noon Rotary Club presented Plattsburgh Interfaith Foodshelf representatives Dorothy Crawford and Ruth Domini with a check for $4,142 during the club's weekly meeting Jan. 21. Eleanor G. Berger, the Rotary club's food shelf committee chairperson, headed up the presentation, crediting Crawford, Domini and the organization's volunteers for their commitment to serving local families in need.

"We want to thank them for the hope and the sustenance they give people in this community who need that hope and sustenance and generosity," said Berger.

Crawford, who serves as the food shelf's chairperson, thanked the Rotarians for the donation and their continued support. She credited the financial boost for being one of the reasons the food shelf can help so many.

"There are a lot of families in our community struggling right now. We hear the stories when they come in. They've lost their jobs, they live from paycheck to paycheck, they have nothing to buy food with, let alone to pay their other bills," Crawford said. "We're here to help them at this time ... And, it's very important that this community helps us out."

On average, it costs $6,000 per month to have enough food to serve the amount of families who seek assistance, said Crawford. Most recently, the organization purchased food from the Regional Food Bank in Latham to get them through the second half of January and entire month of February. That cost approximately $9,000, she said.

"This is the time of year when people have been laid off, are just getting through the holidays, and facing heating bills, medical bills," said Crawford. "So, this is just great for us because it really does help."

The donation was made possible by a challenge first raised by an anonymous member, said Rotarian Jon J. Cooper. The donor offered to give $300 to the food shelf if fellow Rotarians could raise another $300. That goal was met, but Cooper wanted to take it a step farther.

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