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Volunteers help expand Wbg. food pantry

Working on constructing an addition Dec. 14 to the Warrensburg Presbyterian Church Food Pantry are Neighbor-to-Neighbor Mission team members (front, left to right): Dennis Moore of Glens Falls, Howard Raymond of Hudson Falls, (rear, bending over): Andy Holding and (rear, walking): Doug Kenyon of Glens Falls.

Working on constructing an addition Dec. 14 to the Warrensburg Presbyterian Church Food Pantry are Neighbor-to-Neighbor Mission team members (front, left to right): Dennis Moore of Glens Falls, Howard Raymond of Hudson Falls, (rear, bending over): Andy Holding and (rear, walking): Doug Kenyon of Glens Falls. Photo by Thom Randall.

— With $2,700 grant from a charitable estate obtained through North Country Ministry — and the work of a half-dozen or so volunteers from the Neighbor-to-Neighbor team — the work went forward.

The group obtained a deep discount on a new shed from Garden Time in Queensbury, which delivered the shed Dec. 7 to the church to provide a new storage area for the equipment displaced by the addition.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor team construction manager Andy Holding of Lake George, said the group includes about 100 volunteers from Warren County communities. The team has participated in five trips to the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast, but recently decided to address needs experienced locally.

The group winterized and upgraded a trailer of an elderly woman in Chestertown, who took care of her grandchildren after school. Before the upgrades, the youngsters in winter months used to huddle in the bathroom to keep warm, Holding said. The team reconstructed the residence not only making it warm throughout, but replacing rotted floors and windows formerly sealed with duct tape, he continued.

This past Spring, the Neighbor-to-Neighbor team worked to help rebuild homes in Prattsville NY (Schoharie Co.), devastated by Tropical Storm Irene.

Holding, a retired contractor, said this week he feels fortunate to be working on the mission team’s projects, although there’s no financial remuneration.

“I’m doing what I enjoy — and I not only get fulfillment through improving others’ lives, but also the fellowship on site.”

Crandall said she deeply appreciated the work of Holding, Kenyon, Redfield and the other volunteers.

“We couldn’t have done it without their help,” she said. “They’re a group of great guys, and they know what they’re doing.”

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Working on constructing an addition Dec. 14 to the Warrensburg Presbyterian Church Food Pantry are Neighbor-to-Neighbor Mission team members (front, left to right): Dennis Moore of Glens Falls, Howard Raymond of Hudson Falls, (rear, bending over): Andy Holding and (rear, walking): Doug Kenyon of Glens Falls.

Photo by Thom Randall

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