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Students Help Prepare ‘Blizzard Bags’

Students Caitlin George, Erin McArdell and Cheyenne Miller pose with their more than 100 “blizzard bags,” packed to ensure that senior citizens served by Oswego County Opportunities’ Meal on Wheels program have access to a nutritious meal in inclement weather.

Students Caitlin George, Erin McArdell and Cheyenne Miller pose with their more than 100 “blizzard bags,” packed to ensure that senior citizens served by Oswego County Opportunities’ Meal on Wheels program have access to a nutritious meal in inclement weather.

Oswego County may be famous for its fierce winters, but for the sixth year in a row, students from John C. Birdlebough High School are making sure even the worst snow and ice won’t prevent senior citizens from having access to a nutritious meal.

Students Caitlin George, Erin McArdell and Cheyenne Miller pose with their more than 100 “blizzard bags,” packed to ensure that senior citizens served by Oswego County Opportunities’ Meal on Wheels program have access to a nutritious meal in inclement weather.
Students Caitlin George, Erin McArdell and Cheyenne Miller pose with their more than 100 “blizzard bags,” packed to ensure that senior citizens served by Oswego County Opportunities’ Meal on Wheels program have access to a nutritious meal in inclement weather.

The annual “blizzard bags” effort, organized by JCB sophomore Caitlin George, packs a day’s worth of meals for Oswego County Opportunities’ Meals on Wheels program recipients to be distributed in case meal delivery is disrupted by inclement weather.

“It warms my heart to know that the elderly don’t need to go hungry on a snowy day,” said George.

George collected donations from local businesses including Wegmans, Tops, Price Chopper and Target, and the bags themselves came from a variety of groups, including local scout troops.

Not only did George pack the 120 bags, with help from friends Erin McArdell and Cheyenne Miller, the team also made separate bags for dogs and cats, with George saying she wanted to “make sure the pets weren’t left out.”

OCO officials said they were thrilled to receive the bags for yet another year.

“For a student to almost single-handedly donate more than 100 bags, it’s quite an accomplishment,” said OCO’s Christine Parks.

Parks said OCO is always looking for donations to help with their nutrition programs for the aging.

For more information on volunteering or donation, visit www.oco.com/nutrition.