North Country Ministry receives large donation

Father Paul Cox and North Country Ministry Executive Director Jill Harrington.

Father Paul Cox and North Country Ministry Executive Director Jill Harrington.

— A donation of $78,000 has been given to North Country Ministry in honor of Father Paul Cox of Cleverdale.

Father Cox was most recently former pastor of St. Mary’s Church of Glens Falls and Scared Heart of Lake George and is currently Sacramental Minister at St. Cecilia’s of Warrensburg. The gift was given by Tim McDonald of Manchester, Mass., whose family was impacted by the friendship and kindness of Father Cox when he was a young priest at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Albany.

McDonald’s sisters, Patty Rossi and Karen McLaughlin, wrote that both and he and Father Cox are humble men who don’t seek recognition but both felt this story might create an awareness and opportunity for others to pay it forward in a way they know will help others in need.

Father Cox and his Lake George parish were founding supporters of North Country Ministry, which began in 1992 in Warren County and have continued to lend their support to this day.

It is McDonald’s hope that there are many other people who were helped by Father Cox’s compassion and are now in a position to honor him with a gift to North Country Ministry.

The organization is planning to expand the Warrensburg building and create a larger food pantry and Baby’s Place Program. This donation will be used for emergency services and to contribute to this expansion. There are currently a hundred volunteers who help in a variety of ways to serve nearly one thousand people a month in an area over 650 square miles. Visit the NCM website to see what we have to offer at www.NCMadk.org.

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