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Northern Tier food drive gives boost to Mooers Food Pantry

Representatives from Knight of Columbus Council 3525 presented a check for $3,500 and 3,239 nonperishable food items to the Mooers Food Pantry Oct. 26. Darcy Castine, a representative from the food pantry, is seen third from left. She was joined, from left, by the council’s food drive committee members, Francis Mercaldi, Chuck Connor, Richard Favreau, Tom Trombley, Chris Trombley, and Bruce West.

Representatives from Knight of Columbus Council 3525 presented a check for $3,500 and 3,239 nonperishable food items to the Mooers Food Pantry Oct. 26. Darcy Castine, a representative from the food pantry, is seen third from left. She was joined, from left, by the council’s food drive committee members, Francis Mercaldi, Chuck Connor, Richard Favreau, Tom Trombley, Chris Trombley, and Bruce West. Photo provided

— “We really appreciate their efforts,” she added.

What excited Knights of Columbus members like Trombley was how their mission to do charitable work seemed to inspire others. Students from the Northeastern Clinton Central School District volunteered during the event, loading nonperishable donations into the two trailers that were eventually filled as a result of the drive.

“When we arrived we were greeted by several young people who were there because they wanted to be and were just as excited,” said Trombley. “It was refreshing to see such enthusiasm in the whole group

However, one of the most moving moments for the Knights, said Trombley, was when a young girl from Chazy and her mother showed up at the collection drive after reading about the event in the newspaper the week before.”

“On the second day of our food drive both she and her mother came to our table and informed us that instead of gifts for her 7th birthday party, she requested her guest bring at least one item for the food drive,” said Trombley. “We helped unload a trunkload full of food and were impressed by this little girl’s spirit of giving.”

Trombley added he and his fellow council members thank the community and “our Canadian and Vermont friends for their overwhelming generosity” and Knights who gave “outstanding support of time, talent and monetary contributions.”

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