FULTON, NY – When it comes to celebrating the holiday season, enjoying a Christmas dinner with friends is as anticipated as presents under the Christmas tree.
Unfortunately, for many of Oswego County Opportunities’ consumers the thought of actually having a festive Christmas dinner may not be a possibility; however thanks to OCO and Oswego County Federal Credit Union that thought became a reality when OCO hosted its annual Residential Consumer Dinner.
With the many human services programs OCO offers no one is more aware of the needs that exist in our county more than the agency’s staff members and volunteers.
“Our residential consumers are often amongst the population that is often forgotten at Christmas time,” said OCO Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay. “Many do not have family or are suffering hardships that most of us cannot imagine. We want to do something really special for these consumers to make their holidays a little more memorable. Thanks to the Oswego County Federal Credit Union we were once again able to provide OCO’s residential consumers with a Christmas dinner.”
Sponsored by the Oswego County Federal Credit Union, and hosted by Prince of Peace Church, the event included a complete turkey dinner with dessert as well as party games and a number of surprises.
“The Oswego County Federal Credit Union went above and beyond this year,” said Coordinator of OCO’s Family Care Program Penny-Foster Pratt. “Each resident that attended received a winter hat, candy cane, a hot cocoa pack, and a $15 gift card. Our residents were thrilled!”
Oswego County Federal Credit Union employees joined volunteers in decorating the church hall, setting the tables, serving the dinners and even cleaning-up after the event.
“We at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union believe very strongly in supporting the communities we serve,” said Chief Executive Officer Bill Carhart. “This is the third year that we have sponsored this event and we are happy to do so. Partnering with OCO to provide community members a brighter holiday season is an easy decision to make.”
“We greatly appreciate the generosity of the Oswego County Federal Credit Union and its employees,” added Barclay. “They truly captured the spirit of the season and provided our residential consumers with a Christmas party they are sure to remember.”