FULTON, NY â€“ When eight-year-old Mark Jones of Oswego watched American Idol Gives Back he was inspired to make a difference by giving back to his community.
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When he heard that the food pantry at Catholic Charities of Oswego County was in need of donations to help provide food to those in need he thought this was a perfect opportunity for him to give back to his community.
With the help of his parents, Mark and Heather Jones and his younger sister, Sara, Mark planted and tended a garden with the intention of growing and donating the vegetables to Catholic Charities.
So far Mark has supplied the food pantry with cucumbers, tomatoes and even some blueberries.
â€œIt was a pleasant surprise to have someone Markâ€™s age bring us a donation,â€ said director of Catholic Charitiesâ€™ Emergency Services program, Helen Hoefer. â€œOver the past year we have seen a substantial increase in the demand for food subsidy in Oswego County. We are very appreciative of Markâ€™s donation and he is to be credited for his efforts to help our food pantry.â€
The food pantry gladly accepts donations from individuals, businesses and organizations.