Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – What began as one girl’s quest to help feed families in need in Oswego County is starting to gain momentum and inspiring others. Just two months ago, Christie Hoefer, a senior at Oswego High School began her Pennies 4 Pantries drive to collect one million pennies for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s food pantry.
A volunteer at the agency’s food pantry, Christie has seen firsthand the need for food subsidy that exists in Oswego and the strain that Catholic Charities’ food pantry is under to meet the demand. “When my mom (Helen Hoefer, Director of Community Services at Catholic Charities of Oswego County) told me that it is becoming difficult to keep the shelves full at the pantry I decided I had to do something to help,” said Christie.
She started her Pennies 4 Pantries drive by collecting donations from family and friends. Since then she has been reaching out to community members and organizations throughout Oswego County. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. “I recently received a call from Deb Robillard at St. Luke Health Services who said that the residents have started collecting coins in support of my Pennies 4 Pantries drive. I really appreciate their generosity,” said Christie. “It is rewarding to know that others care enough to be a part of the Pennies 4 Pantries drive and come together as a community to help feed families in need.”
In addition to placing donations in the Pennies 4 Pantries collection cans, those interested in donating pennies may contact Hoefer at 315-342-4373; requests for pickups will also be accommodated. While the goal in one million pennies, Christine added that donations of any size would gladly be accepted.