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Johnsburg Food Pantry readies for Christmas baskets

North River Church members, Anita Abrams, Jen Davis, Amy Sebattis, Sandy and Jim Cashman make plates of cookies for inclusion in the Christmas Baskets distributed by the Johnsburg Food Pantry in December 2011. All of the cookies were made and donated by members of the Johnsburg community.

North River Church members, Anita Abrams, Jen Davis, Amy Sebattis, Sandy and Jim Cashman make plates of cookies for inclusion in the Christmas Baskets distributed by the Johnsburg Food Pantry in December 2011. All of the cookies were made and donated by members of the Johnsburg community.

— Adirondack Community Outreach Center (ACOC) volunteers are getting ready for their annual Christmas food basket drive, and they are receiving some much-needed help from the community for a variety of their programs.

ACOC Board President Judy Brown said she expects to provide Christmas food baskets to about 150 families this year. More than 140 Christmas dinners were provided in 2011.

“They get to choose either a ham or a turkey, and they get the fixings that go along with it,” Brown said.

Parishioners at the North River United Methodist Church have made it a holiday tradition to bake cookies for the Johnsburg Food Pantry food basket program.

“All of the North River people here now know that we ask people to give at least four dozen cookies,” Brown said. “And most people do more than four dozen.”

Cookies for the food baskets are due on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the North River church. Donations are welcome, and they can be left at the church on Dec. 15 or 16.

“Sunday after church, the people in North River get together and put out the trays and mix up the cookies so everybody has a mixture of Christmas cookies,” Brown said.

It’s quite a scene. Several tables are set up at the church, and rows of plates – 36 per table – are set up. A variety of cookies are neatly placed on each plate for packaging. Cookies will be delivered to the Outreach Center in North Creek so they can be placed in the boxes on Monday, Dec. 17. That’s when volunteers put the baskets together. They are delivered on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Most people who get the Christmas food baskets are already signed up to get food from the Food Pantry.

“But that’s not necessary for our Christmas food boxes,” Brown said, “There’s some people that don’t come on a regular basis to the Food Pantry, but these are for anybody who asks. We don’t want anybody to go hungry.”

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