Holiday Parade Supports Local Food Pantry

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The Carthage Holiday Parade on Saturday had everything you'd want: Marching bands, people throwing candy, and kids in costumes.

But there was also something you might not expect: Canned goods - Bags and bags of canned goods.

"It's absolutely amazing that they came up with this idea, and they put it all together, and it's going to be a huge blessing to the community," said Food Pantry Director Darlene Jensen.

Parade-goers were asked to bring canned goods and other food items along to help support the Village Ecumenical Ministries food pantry, which has recently seen a 30 percent increase in demand for food.

"More people are struggling, and they're serving more people every year, and not only during this holiday season, but we do need to concentrate on helping others throughout the whole year," said Scott Burto, West Carthage Mayor.

Those walking in the parade got in on the action as well.  At the end of the day, a lot of food was donated.

The food drive was such a success that some parade-goers say it should become a Carthage tradition.

"I think that would be great. I think it's a wonderful idea," said Carthage resident Sara MacIlvennie.

All the donations are big help and will go a long way this holiday season.

"This is our community. They are giving. They are very giving people," Jensen said.

And as if all that food weren't enough, more than $3,000 in cash donations were also made at the parade.
 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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