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Christmas Party Will Benefit Food Bank and Others


By Rick Hiduk

A number of business owners and individuals in the New Albany/Dushore area and beyond have combined forces to help stock up the Sullivan County Food Pantry in Dushore, which serves families in need in both Sullivan and Bradford Counties and to raise money for other local charities.

On Sunday, Dec. 11, local residents are invited to share the joy of the holiday season at a community Christmas party to be held at the New Albany Social Hall on Main Street from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost for admission is a nonperishable food item, such as canned goods, boxed cereals, instant potatoes, and gravy packets.

Kandy Caccia of New Albany is the key coordinator of the event, which will feature music by DJ Erreck McComb, games for children, and a gift room in which children can shop for free gifts for their immediate family members with a voucher traded for the food donation.

According to Caccia, she and her daughter, Candella Shaffer, and Linda Thall purchased the gift items. Each child will present his or her “Santa buck,” which is redeemable for a gift for each of the child’s siblings and parents. Event volunteers will wrap and tag the gifts. Other helpers will decorate Santa hats for the children, which they can wear home when they leave.

Donations for baked goods will go to the New Albany Methodist Church Sunday School, and donations for sloppy joes, hot dogs, and pierogies will go to the social hall.

The following businesses contributed in some manner toward the benefit party: Rachel’s Gifts, KNC Furniture, Ron Shaffer Heating and Plumbing, Hurley’s Super Duper in Dushore, Dushore Market, Stroehmann’s Bakery, Cargill, and Kintner’s Olde Mill.

Caccia helped to organize a similar event in 2008 that netted nearly 200 pounds of food for the Sullivan County Food Pantry, which is located at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Dushore and run by Barb and Spencer Davis. 

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