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BOCES Students and Staff Collect Donations for Francis House

Students and staff at Oswego County BOCES rallied this holiday season to support a local non-profit organization in its more than 20-year mission of supporting people with terminal illnesses.

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Oswego County BOCES students and staff with a mountain of the paper products collected for Francis House in Syracuse. Pictured are OCB students, left to right: Connor Cauchy, James Baldwin, Matthew Snyder, Cody Holmquist, and Richard Preeman with OCB teacher Marian Becker, left, and OCB School Counselor Jo Ann Smegelsky.

The Francis House, located in Syracuse, provides a home and an extended family to terminally ill people with a prognosis of six months or less to live.

The home does not receive insurance reimbursement or charge its residents and runs completely on monetary and in-kind donations of food, paper products and other household items.

OCB’s in-kind donation for the home included stacks of paper towels, toilet paper, and tissues as well as four handmade fleece tie-blankets.