Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Agencies working to help those most in need

November 29, 2010, 9:00 pm

If your biggest challenge of the holidays is fighting crowds at the mall, you've got it easy.

"Some parents say, 'Could you not bother giving my kids gifts? Just give me some extra food,'" said Kathy Pfaffenbach, supervisor of emergency services for Catholic Charities of Broome County.

That's how bad it is for some people out there.

Many local groups have stepped up to provide at least a bit of holiday cheer for those most strapped by tight economic circumstances.

.................Next time you're on Boscov's fourth floor, notice the little Christmas tree near the courtesy desk. It's the "Santa for Seniors" project, sponsored by the elderly-care agency called Home Instead and Broome County Council of Churches' Faith in Action program. Take a tag, buy the gift requested on it -- invariably humble ones, such as sugar-free chocolate or warm slippers -- then take the gift to that courtesy desk to be wrapped for free. Then leave it and the tag with the Boscov's staff for pickup and distribution by Home Instead, explained Rebecca A. Bradley, staff recruitment and retention coordinator for the agency. Call (607) 723-3600 for details.

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