Law Firm Supports Food Pantry

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The Wladis Law Firm (East Syracuse, NY) made a gift of $500 and food and personal items in support of the Community Action Planning Council Food Pantry.

 

Pictured, from left: Mark Wladis, Jennifer Granzow, Wladis Law Firm, Sharon Bouchard, CAPC Family Center director, and Leann West, Wladis Law Firm.

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Assemblywoman and Kinney Drugs Deliver Books by the Ton

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Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell and Kinney Drugs delivered thousands of children’s books to the Community Action Planning Council on December 12, 2011.  The books were collected through Addie’s Books for Children (ABC), an initiative that began three years ago when Assemblywoman Russell set out to promote reading and to ensure that all children receive the gift of books. This year, the program was significantly expanded through a partnership with Kinney Drugs who featured drop boxes for books in Kinney Drug stores throughout Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. A number of school groups also participated, with Assemblywoman Russell picking up books at Canton Middle School, Philadelphia Primary School and Indian River High School. Books collected in St. Lawrence County were made available to the St. Lawrence County Community Development Program and those collected in Jefferson County were made available to the Community Action Planning Council. Both agencies will distribute books to children from low-income families.

 

Pictured (from left): Rob LaMarche, Kinney Drugs; Jason Case, Kinney Drugs; Melinda Gault, CAPC executive director; Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell.

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CAPC Welcomes Home Adopted Platoon

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Throughout the year, staff members at the Community Action Planning Council sent care packages to the men and women of Alpha Company, 277 ASB, TF Mountain Eagle, serving in Afghanistan.  The platoon was honored during a special luncheon at CAPC on December 5.  CAPC extends deep appreciation to these brave soldiers for their service to their country.  Welcome home!

 

CAPC Executive Director Melinda Gault presents recognition plaque to Staff Sergeant Bernal, Fort Drum.

 

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Elks Lodge Supports “Coats for Kids”

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Watertown Elks Lodge #496 provided 130 winter coats to children of low‐income families served by the Community Action Planning Council. Now in its fifteenth year, the “Coats for Kids” initiative was made possible by a grant from the National Elks Foundation and donations from members of Watertown Elks Lodge #496. Kmart offered discounted pricing on the coats that were purchased and delivered to CAPC by members of the Elks Lodge.

 

Pictured (from left): Watertown Elks Lodge #496 Officers, Raymond Cooley, Paul Nutting, Michael Forcier and Kathy Converse, present winter coats to children at the Community Action Planning Council.

 

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Loved Twice: Mother & Daughter Help New Moms

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Inspired by an article in the Readers Digest, Peggy Liptrott and her daughter Diana, of Sackets Harbor, started a local initiative modeled after the national charity known as Loved Twice.  For the past several months, Peggy and Diana have visited garage sales and consignment shops insearch of gently used baby clothing.  The clothes were then sorted into boy and girl one-year wardrobes-in-a-box and delivered to the Community Action Planning Council for distribution to low-income families.  Each box contains approximately 75 items, including clothing ranging from newborn to 12 months, blankets, hats, bibs, and board books.  For more information, contact Mary Jane Matthewson at 315-782-4900.

 

Pictured (from left): Jennifer Todd, Diana Liptrott, Loved Twice volunteers and Mary Jane Matthewson, CAPC Family Center coordinator.

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Cape Vincent Correctional Facility Makes Gardening Possible

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Officer Brian Canell and inmates of the Cape Vincent Correctional Facility donated 62 “Gardens-in-a-Bucket” to the Community Action Planning Council for distribution to Jefferson County residents.  Each bucket contained a hearty tomato or green pepper plant.  Part of the correctional facility’s community garden initiative, these portable gardens area great source of fresh vegetables, especially for those with limited space for growing a garden.

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