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Help out your neighbors

Everyone from the Boy Scouts, to Project Caf , to the New Woodstock Library is coming together this holiday season to give to those less fortunate.

Kudos to the Boy Scouts and Webelos, who just wrapped up their annual Scouting for Food drive, collected 2,059 food items for CazCares.

The New Woodstock Free Library, along with Project Caf and other organizations, is holding a toy and food drive to benefit local families for the holidays through CazCares.

Members of these volunteer organizations donate countless hours of their free time to help others, but it doesn't make much difference without your help. They can put a box in Common Grounds, or New Woodstock Free Library, but they need you to fill it with your donations.

We are lucky to have an organization like CazCares; it is comforting to know that your donations are being used locally, to help our neighbors in need.

Located at 101 Nelson St., Cazenovia, CazCares is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Thursday or by appointment (655-3174).

In 1982 the pastors from six area churches started CazCares. The pantry began in two rooms in the lower level of the Atwell Mill. In 1983 the food pantries in Madison County organized, as a means of networking under the Community Action Program. In June 2007, CazCares moved to its present location.

Each month more than 150 clients visit CazCares to receive food and clothing and to attend educational programs. Numerous issues face CazCares clients; low paying jobs, lack of education, health problems and disabilities combine with high prices for food, gas and utilities to severely affect these families. Caz-Cares' focus is on providing food and clothing.

Monetary donations can be sent to CazCares, Inc. at 101 Nelson St., Cazenovia, NY 13035, or online through the PayPal link at cazcares.org/Donations.html.

In addition to monetary donations, CazCares also collects food, useable clothing, children's books and other items.

Needed items include clothing, linens, household cleaning products, food products and personal care items. For a full list, visit CazCares.com/Donations.html.

Why not make someone's cold, hard winter a little warmer and easier?

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