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Rotary Club volunteers for Salvation Army in season of giving


Mon, Dec 11th 2017 11:45 am
Rotarian Pat Barrows coordinated the Rotary Club of Lockport's volunteer effort at the Salvation Army's turkey dinner on Monday, Dec. 4.
Rotarian Pat Barrows coordinated the Rotary Club of Lockport's volunteer effort at the Salvation Army's turkey dinner on Monday, Dec. 4.
The Rotary Club of Lockport and its high school counterpart, Rotary Interact, have been active with volunteer activity this past week.
Turkey cookers, servers and donation sorters assisted the Salvation Army staff at the organization's center on Cottage Street in Lockport. The groups also helped with bell ringing for the Red Kettle campaign.
Volunteers for the turkey dinner served clients of the Salvation Army on Monday, Dec. 4, making the work go quickly and enjoyably. More than 185 people were served the traditional turkey dinner, an event the Rotary Club has assisted in for many years.
Newer Rotarian John McDonald said, "My heart was moved as I watched a young school-aged girl cutting up the food on a plate for her little brother."
Rotarians and friends also paired up at several locations for four hours to ring the bell for the seasonal fundraiser, the Red Kettle campaign, on Thursday, Dec. 7. Volunteers could be found between 4 and 8 p.m. at Tops Markets on Transit Road and at Wright's Corners. They were also at Walmart on Transit. The organization will also be present at Niagara Produce on Dec. 23.
Appreciation is extended to these businesses for allowing this fundraising activity at their doors.
Volunteers in various capacities were Pat Burrows and Maria Biano, co-chairs for the turkey dinner, Cynthia Cotten, Steve Cotten, Julie Coy, Tracy Ferrell, Dave Greenfield, Larry Kalinowski, Dave Kinyon, Paul Lehman, Sue Lougen, Maynard Lowry, John McDonald, Ellen Roth, Ellen Schratz Chris Smith and Elane Sobieraski. Interact members include Julie LaRose, Jared Pellicano, Hanna Sobieraski and Alyssa Edbauer, while Ben Flaherty also assisted.
Elaine Sobieraski and Dan Wilson co-chair the Red Kettle volunteers: Dick Mullaney, Dan Wilon, Dave Mazur, Rachel Sandel-Sacco, R. Thomas Weeks, the Rev. William Hardy, Eric Connor, Chris Smith, Phil Penepent, Bob Shaw, Marie Bindeman, Maynard Lowry, Paul Lehman, Did Kinyon, Jay Dry, Maria Biano and Cynthia Cotton. Interact members Arthur von Bredlow, Heather Chatt, Heidi Chatt and, friend of Rotary, Jerry Tomaino, also helped.
Lockport High School Rotary Interact youth volunteered to serve a turkey dinner on Monday, Dec. 4, at the Salvation Army facility on Cottage Street in Lockport. Pictured, from left: Ben Flaherty, Alyssa Edbauer, Hanna Sobieraski, Jaren Pellicano and Julie LaRose. Rotary liaison Maria Biano is also pictured

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