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Keeping the pantry stocked

To the editor:

The seventh-annual Together We Care soccer event choose the Cancer Dietary Initiative as the recipient of its playoff proceeds. It was a competitive day among Jefferson County boys and girls soccer teams and presented a most generous monetary donation that exceeded our expectations.

Buckeye Local schools — Buckeye West, North and South elementaries, together with Buckeye Local Junior and Senior High School — came together in the form of a challenge among the schools to donate nonperishable food items to CDI’s pantry. The challenge was well received and produced a welcome donation in memory of David L. “Farmer” Ankrom, a beloved bus driver in the Buckeye Local School District.

Steubenville City Schools joined with Indian Creek and Edison and showed continued support for the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School’s seventh-annual Anthony D’Aurora Memorial Quarters for Cancer Auction by donating gift cards, baskets and many other tempting items for drawings, with monetary proceeds going to the CDI. Students at the JVS collected Thanksgiving food items, including canned vegetables, fruit, noodles, mashed potatoes and stuffing, along with other seasonable items. Each class offered a unique donation to add to this effort.

Once again, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort generously provided each family with a frozen turkey for their Thanksgiving meal.

Valley Hospice, along with Riesbeck’s and its multiple locations, provided food drop-off boxes to help fill the food pantry’s shelves.

Volunteers from Valley Hospice also stepped up to help distribute the turkeys delivered on Nov. 21.

We are grateful for our community support as we continue to provide monthly meals to our clients.

From the CDI family to yours, thank you.

June Crago

Public relations chair, CDI

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