Volunteers Deliver for Children, Seniors

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The Putnam County food pantry embodied the season of giving Saturday, passing out 137 Christmas baskets to families in Putnam County.

Any family who filled out the forms available in the Putnam County Record and at the United Church of Christ received a basket. The pantry also provided gifts for seniors and children, donated and wrapped by Toys in the Pantry. This year, 175 children and 50 senior citizens got presents to put under the tree.

“We’ve been working on this since last summer,” said food pantry director John Shimkus.
Tables were set up Wednesday, baskets were filled with dry goods on Thursday and finished with cold foods Saturday morning.

Volunteers delivered 47 baskets to local citizens in Putnam County communities, while 90 people picked the baskets up.

Newly-appointed Putnam County state’s attorney Christina Mennie and her husband, Scott, were on hand to make deliveries.

“We’ve been delivering for 9 or 10 years,” said Mennie.

“Joel (Hopkins) gets the volunteers (for delivery) every year,” said Judy Hopkins, a food pantry executive.

Hopkins said the food pantry has been handing out Christmas baskets for 27 years.

Source: News Tribune