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Several Genesee County organizations have (or are going to) held charitable efforts this holiday season. Here are a few of them...

From the Byron-Bergen School District:

The Byron-Bergen Central School District community has been doing an amazing job of providing assistance to our families during the holidays for years.

The B-B community members, administrators, faculty, staff, and students donated toys and games, clothing items, rolls of wrapping paper, and over one thousand non-perishable food items. The B-B winter sports teams held a contest challenging each other to bring in the most food items – this year bringing in over 500 non-perishable food items! In addition to the items above, close to $2,500 was donated by the community, administrators, faculty, and staff so we could purchase gifts for families in need from our school district.

All the food items will be picked up by the local Hesperus Lodge No. 837 Free & Accepted Masons for sorting and packing into 90+ food baskets for local families (as they have done for many, many years), with several community, Board of Education, and school district members pitching in to help. Sponsors of this holiday good will were organized by Hesperus Lodge No. 837 Free & Accepted Masons and coordinated by Dick Sands; and include the faculty, staff, and students of Byron-Bergen CSD; the Byron-Bergen community members, and area businesses. Food baskets and gifts will be delivered on Saturday, December 21, 2013, by the Masons, community, and school volunteers. All involved truly believe in the magic of the holiday season!

Pictured: Varsity Club members and advisor Mr. Nick Muhlenkamp with the 2013 collected non-perishable food donations from the Swimming, Indoor Track, Girls’ Basketball, and Boys’ Basketball Teams.

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From Genesee Community College:

For three days last week, December 3-5, 2013, GCC's CSU Club (Christian Students United) held its first annual Canned Food Drive in GCC's Forum of the Batavia Campus. Offering a chance to win Beats Headphones, retailed value $180, dozens of individuals donated either three canned goods or $3 for each ticket and chance to win.

Through this first year's effort, CSU Club collected 97 canned goods and $161 in cash, all of which was donated to Care-A-Van Ministries. Paul Ohlson, founder of Care-A-Van Ministries, stopped by the CSU Club meeting and luncheon yesterday, Thursday, December 12th at 12:30 p.m. to pick up the check and donations.

"For a first year effort and in just three days, the CSU Club was very pleased to have raised nearly $300 in either food stock or in cash to benefit the important services provided by Care-A-Van," Debra Crossett, club advisor said.

(Pictured: Paul Ohlson receiving the donation from GCC's CSU Club members)

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And from the Batavia Police Department:

The Child Advocacy Center (C.A.C.), located in the City of Batavia, serves Genesee County and several other surrounding counties. The C.A.C. serves countless families with children that have been affected by physical or sexual abuse. Many of these families are in need of assistance, especially around this time of year.

The Batavia Police Department is asking for donations of non-perishable food items which will then be distributed among these families in need. You may drop off your donations at the Batavia Police Department during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

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