Christmas projects spread holiday spirit in Margaretville and Roxbury

By Brian Sweeney
Food boxes were delivered to 150 area families on Saturday as part of the Margaretville Community Christmas Project.
Dozens of volunteers arrived at the Purcell Center in Margaretville and loaded their vehicles with carefully packed boxes for delivery to residents throughout the area. In addition to the food boxes, Christmas presents and gift certificates were provided for180 area children. Sweetbreads were taken to 40 recently bereaved families. Approximately 50 elderly residents received gift certificates to the Flour Patch or the Cheese Barrel.
The Margaretville Community Christmas Project traces its origins back more than half-a-century. Co-chairs Teresa Goodchild and Rebecca Miller expressed thanks to the many people who donated time, money and baked goods on behalf of the project.
Monetary donations are still welcome and checks may be sent to the Community Christmas Project, PO Box 58, Margaretville, NY 12455.

Roxbury fund
Workers donating their time on behalf of the Roxbury Community Holiday Fund brightened the holidays for 51 families and 18 senior citizens with special boxes filled with food, including turkeys and all the trimmings plus hot chocolate, cheese and crackers, cereal and milk and fresh fruit and more. Another 31 seniors received deliveries of fruit and homemade cookies. The fund also sponsored its annual our “free” Toy Store and 42 families came and picked out toys for their children.
Helping make the holidays special during this annual endeavor takes a tremendous amount of effort from many people, pointed out Coordinator Bonnie Walker.
“We have an amazing team of volunteers who carry out the work of redistributing the food and delivering it to the homes. The Girl Scouts wrap the boxes, the CROP kids decorate the bags that go to the seniors, and others come and help man the store. There are so many people who help and I want to give a big thanks to all,” Mrs. Walker stated.
She added, “As coordinator of the project I get to receive a lot of the gratitude from the recipients but the real thanks goes to the generosity of the community. The money contributed by area businesses, including many in Margaretville, and individuals, is what make it all possible. It is truly amazing and heart warming.”
Additional Roxbury project leaders included Dave Martin, Lisa Riley, Karen Hinkley, Rich Dykstra and Heidi Sass.
Anyone still wishing to make a contribution should make checks payable to the Community Aid Fund and mail them to: Bonnie Walker, 489 Al Pekrul Road, Roxbury, NY 12474.