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Christmas in July thanks to Waterloo Rotarians

Waterloo Rotarians celebrated Christmas Monday evening by donating scores of gifts to the Cayuga Action Program. The gifts donated by Rotarians will be kept for distribution at Christmas to needy families. In additions to the toys, Rotarians donate canned food and money each week CAP director Rose Rathbone said the agency last year helped 886 children in Seneca County at Christmas. The 446 families that were served by CAP was one of the highest ever, she said.“Thanks to the generosity of people like Rotarians, every family received a gift certificate for food, every child received a toy,” she said, “and older teens received a gift certificate from Wal-Mart.” She said so many groups donate to the Community Christmas project that the floor at the Seneca Falls Recreation center was “completely filled with toys.” “I am so proud to live in a community and be in a club with such a generous spirit,” said project chair Kathy Sigrist. She said the outpouring of toys was greater than she could have hoped for.For those wanting to help needy families right now, Rathbone said the CAP office at 23 Center Street gratefully receives fresh produce from local gardens. Extra tomatoes, beans, zucchini and other produce may be brought to the office for distribution in food packages for hungry families. New or gently used toys for the Community Christmas project may be dropped off at Nugent’s Hardware at any time.For more information on the CAP program, contact Rathbone at 315-539-5647.

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