The holiday season has arrived once again, and that means lots of giving.
Jessica Amidon, owner of Caz Cans regularly collects bottle and can donations for CazCares throughout the year, rasiing an average of about $400 annually.
This month, she is looking to raise additional funds for the local food pantry with the second annual fundraiser for the neighboring foodpantry and community closet
“The generosity of the townspeople is inspiring and I thought ‘I can do more,’” Amidon said. “Last year we began ‘selling’ stars at the Cazenovia store between Thanksgiving and Christmas. My goal was to raise an extra $100 for the food pantry during their busy season.”
The collection is similar to what the grocery stores and gas stations do: donate cash and receive a star to put on the wall. There are markers so you can decorate it.
The only difference is that there is no set dollar amount, instead of the typical $1 donation at the stores, the majority of the funds raised last year were in change.
Amidon continuously reminded contributors that every penny counts.
And it worked.
Last year, Jessica raised $187 for CazCares — an amount which was nearly twice her goal.
“This year, we’re aiming for $200,” Amidon said. “And we’re doing it at our Hamilton Store for the first time [to benefit the Hamilton Food Cupboard].”
Caz Cans is located on Route 20 in Cazenovia and on Route 12B in Hamilton.
For additional information, store hours for both locations, and a list of other organizations for ongoing donation collection, visit cazcans.com.