Volunteers for the Youngstown/Porter community holiday baskets gathered during the week of Dec. 12 for their annual assistance campaign. Volunteers accepted groceries and donations, organized them for needy families, and sorted and wrapped presents for children ranging from birth to teenage years. They then boxed, bagged and delivered a host of items intended to brighten Christmas for needy families in the Lewiston, Youngstown and Porter areas.
"Everything was organized this year as it has been for many, many years by a fantastic lady named Peggy Hanson," commented volunteer Beverly Roach of Youngstown. "Peggy has been helped through the years by a wonderful committee and many terrific volunteers and donors. She has been active in this organization for over 25 years, and been the chairman of the Youngstown/Porter community holiday baskets for many years."
Roach continued, "Unfortunately, Peggy said this year, 'after many years of working with all of you on this great display of community giving, I have decided that, after this holiday season, I will no longer be able to commit the amount of time needed to continue in my role.'
"We in the community wish Peggy all the best and offer our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for all that she has done over the years for us."
Hanson and her entire Youngstown-Porter community holiday baskets committee would like to thank the many organizations, businesses and individuals who donated their time and resources to make the holiday baskets complete for the needy families in our community. These include:
•Boy Scout Troop 829; The DiMino family - Tops Market, Lewiston; First Presbyterian Church Angel Tree; First Presbyterian Church deacons; First Presbyterian Church Women's Association; Girl Scout Troop 70283; Lewiston-Porter Central School middle and high school teachers, staff and students; Lewiston-Porter elementary retired teachers and staff; Mickey and Grant Morris; Tom Towers' Farm Market; Town of Lewiston Senior Center; St. John's Episcopal Church and knitters; St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church; Town of Porter Republican Party; United States Coast Guard - Youngstown Station Niagara; Village of Youngstown Board of Trustees; Village of Youngstown Department of Public Works; Youngstown Free Library; Youngstown Garden Club; Youngstown Lions Club; Youngstown Study Club; Youngstown Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary; Youngstown Women's Club; Youngstown Yacht Club; and many friends and neighbors.