CLINTON — Despite gusty winds and snow showers, the village’s Community Collection Day proved to be a success on April 27.
Close to 20 community members braved the elements all morning for the event. The primary purpose was to collect food items for The Country Pantry, located in Clark Mills, in preparation for the summer months when food needs are greater with children not in school. The event was held on the Village Green.
Volunteers collected 1,237 food items plus Westmoreland also collected 977 items that they wished to be part of the effort for a total of 2,214 donated food items.
Between bake sale, donations, and other collections, the effort collected a grand total of $1,502. Last year Community Collection Day collected 807 food items and a total of $1,170 in donations.
Also collected was paper for shredding; electronics; eyeglasses, and hearing aids for recycling. A trash pickup was conducted around the village. There was also a can and bottle drive fund-raiser for Boynton Pool. And there was a bake sale, along with music in the gazebo.
“We literally shredded a ton of paper and had a surge of a number of very large tube TVs for the electronic recycling and filled canisters with eyeglasses for the Lions Club,” said the Rev. Scott Leonard, pastor of Stone Presbyterian Church, 8 S. Park Row. “Also, thanks to the members of the Hamilton College men and women’s soccer teams, and Julia Booth for getting them, some Clinton High School students, and very young Cub Scouts all who helped with the trash pickup that Les LaBrecque coordinated. And though the weather was too cold and wet for live music, thanks to Becky Willsey for still supplying some ‘oldies’ music from the gazebo to keep us moving as we shivered.
He added, “thanks to the Lions for renting the shredder for the event ($500) and staffing it and collecting eyeglasses and hearing aids and carting the food to the Country Pantry, to the Methodists who largely provided the trailers and trucks and carting the electronics to Oneida County Waste, to the Stone Church Women (plus some others) for the baked goods and staffing it the whole time, to Jackie Walters and the Clinton Chamber of Commerce for supporting the event and the village for allowing us to take over a hundred feet of curb parking for our recycling vehicles, and many others from the other churches and organizations who helped also.”
Next year’s Community Collection Day is being planned for Saturday, April 25, 2020.