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News of Otsego County

Keeping You Warm Inside and Out

United Way Volunteers Ignore Cold to Help Others Be Warm

GIFT BAGS HUNG IN HUNTINGTON PARK

United Way Volunteers Ignore

Cold to Help Others Be Warm

Ethan Winner packs food in plastic bags for United Way’s “Warm Inside and Out!” program. The bags of food and warm clothing will hang in Huntington Park until the end of the month for people in need to help themselves.  (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

United Way’s Executive Direct Kim Lorraine, left, and Volunteer Coordinator Valerie Adams, right, hung bags of warm goodies on trees in Huntington Park for anyone to take.

ONEONTA – Frigid temperatures on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day did not stop United Way Volunteer Coordinator Valerie Adams and nine volunteers from getting warm winter clothing and food to people who need them.

“I kept thinking I should cancel this morning because of the weather,” said Valerie Adams, volunteer coordinator for United Way. “But we had advertised we would have the packets on the trees today, and I didn’t want people going out in such cold weather to take them and then not find them there.”

Volunteers gathered at First United Methodist Church this morning  to do the last stage of United Way’s “Warm Inside and Out!” event,  packing gallon-sized plastic bags with food and warm clothing – hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens – donated by caring Oneonta residents and business owners over the past two weeks.

United Way Drive Aims To Help Needy Keep Warm

United Way Drive Aims

To Help Needy Stay Warm

United Way of Delaware & Otsego Counties’ Volunteer Coordinator Valerie Adams, left, and Executive Director Kimberly Lorraine show the boxes, decorated by United Way volunteers, they will use to collect warm hats, gloves, mittens and scarves as well as non-perishable, instant food items for those in need through Thursday, Jan. 17. Volunteers will hang bags of the donated food and the clothing in trees in Huntington Park on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday Jan. 21. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – The season of giving may have officially ended, but United Way of Delaware & Otsego Counties is continuing it with a “Keeping You Warm Inside and Out!” donation drive.

“The holidays when people donate a lot are over,” United Way Volunteer Coordinator Valerie Adams, who is overseeing the drive, said. “But there are still people who are hungry and need warm clothing, and the end of January, beginning of February is our coldest time of the year.”

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, volunteers will tie ribbons around packets of food and warm clothing and hang them from trees in Huntington Park, inviting community members to take what they need.

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