As the holiday season is in full swing, several local charities 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:
Center for the elderly in southern Rome
The South Rome Senior Citizens, Inc., 112 Ridge St., was formed in 1987 to provide, promote, maintain and support programs for people 50 years of age and older. It continues to provide seniors with a safe, clean and comfortable place to visit and enjoy a variety of entertainment and education programs, including monthly dinners and weekly bingo and card games.
The center also shows films and will soon be offering virtual presentations from AARP and other organizations. In addition, it hosts a variety of speakers to promote local businesses and services and helps those in need in the community through fundraisers for veterans and donations of food and clothing to missions in the area. .
“Right now, our greatest need would be a monetary donation to enable us to purchase items for our annual Christmas party so that we can do raffle gift baskets,” the center said. “Gift basket raffles are always a big hit with our members and are a valuable source of income for the center. “
Joseph Michael Chubbuck Foundation
The Joseph Michael Chubbuck Foundation, PO Box 4917 Rome, NY 13442, is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families in crisis who need it. The organization seeks to help guide and advocate for families and patients battling all types of cancers and to raise awareness to help with treatments and advocate for cures.
The foundation also provides funds for cancer research and education, as well as funds for equipping charitable hospitals, hospices, foundations and treatment centers. It also aims to promote the prevention and early detection of cancer.
The Joseph Michael Chubbuck Foundation wishlist includes:
Gift cards for patients for gas or groceries (Walmart, Hannaford, TOPS, Price Chopper, ALDI, Citgo, Sunoco, Speedway or Stewarts);
Monetary donations, which can be mailed or made online at www.thejmcf.org (all donations are tax free) and
Masks and hand sanitizer for dispensing to patients
For more information, contact the foundation by email at: [email protected]
Bill Gavin Pantry
The Bill Gavin Pantry at St. Joseph’s Church, 5748 Stokes Lee Center Road, Lee Center, NY 13363, helps people in need in the community who are experiencing food insecurity and need help reaching out to two ends. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, pantries in the region have and continue to experience increased needs throughout the community.
The pantry is especially in need of the following items to help feed those in need:
Cereals for children;
Dessert mixes; and
Pasta or rice side.
Monetary donations are also required and can be dropped off at St. Joseph’s Church during weekend services, or at the parish office across the street, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 30. Joseph’s Church, call Mary Jane Gruver at 315-533-6655 and leave a message.