Local agencies have holiday wish lists in efforts to serve others

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With the holiday season in full swing, several local charitable organizations have their own Christmas wish lists as they continue their efforts to serve those in need in the community.

Here are some agencies and their needs this season:

South Rome Senior Center

The South Rome Senior Citizens, Inc., 112 Ridge St., was formed in 1987, to provide, promote, maintain and support programs for individuals age 50 and older. It continues to offer seniors a safe, clean and comfortable place to visit and enjoy a variety of entertainment and educational programs, including monthly dinners and weekly Bingo and card games. 

The center also shows movies and will soon offer virtual presentations from the AARP and other organizations. In addition, it hosts a variety of speakers to promote local businesses and services as well as assists those in need in the community through donation drives for veterans and food and clothing donations to area missions.  

“At this time, our biggest need would be a monetary donation to enable us to purchase items for our annual Christmas Party so we can make gift baskets to raffle,” the center said. “The gift basket raffles are always a big hit with our members and are a valuable source of revenue for the center.”

Joseph Michael Chubbuck Foundation

The Joseph Michael Chubbuck Foundation, P.O. Box 4917 Rome, NY 13442, is a charitable organization with a mission to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families in crisis displaying a need. The organization seeks to help guide and advocate for families and patients battling all types of cancers and to raise awareness to aid in treatments and advocate cures.

The foundation also provides funding for cancer research and education as well as provides funding for equipment to charitable hospitals, hospices, foundations, and treatment centers. It also seeks to promote prevention and early detection of cancer.

The Joseph Michael Chubbuck Foundation’s wish list includes:

Gift Cards for patients for gas or grocery (Walmart, Hannaford, TOPS, Price Chopper, ALDI, Citgo, Sunoco, Speedway, or Stewarts);

Monetary Donations, which can be mailed or done online at www.thejmcf.org (all donations are tax exempt) and

Masks & Hand Sanitizer for patient distribution

For additional information, contact the foundation via email at: contact@thejmcf.org.

Bill Gavin Food Pantry

The Bill Gavin Food Pantry at St. Joseph’s Church, 5748 Stokes Lee Center Road, Lee Center, NY 13363, assists those in need in the community who are experiencing food insecurity and need assistance to help make ends meet. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, food pantries across the region have, and continue, to experience increased need throughout the community.

The food pantry is especially in need of the following items to help feed those in need:

Soups;

Children’s cereals;

Dessert mixes; and

Pasta or rice sides.

Monetary donations are also needed and can be dropped off at St. Joseph’s church at weekend services, or at the parish office across the street, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For information about the Bill Girvan Food Pantry at St. Joseph’s Church, call Mary Jane Gruver at 315-533-6655 and leave a message.

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