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November 29, 2012

Opportunities abound to help others this holiday season


To volunteer to ring bells for the red kettle program call 432 – 5960. In the Cooperstown area the red kettles are located at Price Chopper and Tops Market.

Individuals who are interested in adopting a family or a single angel as a part of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program can also call 432-5960.

People who would like to make a donation by check can mail their check to: The Salvation Army, 25 River Street, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Those people who need assistant can apply at The Salvation Army in Oneonta. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until noon and again from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

“They need to bring identification for everyone in their household – driver’s license, birth certificate, insurance card, Medicaid card that type of thing – as well as proof of address,” Hopping said.

Bills or a rental agreement are acceptable forms of proof of address.

Opportunities For Otsego – Food donations can be dropped off at collection barrels around the area, including: Baseball Hall of Fame, Glimmerglass Opera, The Daily Star, Country Club Auto Group in Oneonta, NBT branches in Oneonta, ISD in Oneonta, Otsego Imports, Sidney Federal Credit Union, Oneonta High School basketball tournament (Thanksgiving weekend), Shift Holistic Fair (November 23-24) and Holiday Train of Lights (November 29, 1:15 pm, James Georgeson Ave railroad crossing).

Monetary donations can also be made at Opportunities for Otsego’s website (

Opportunities for Otsego will be accepting applications until Dec. 15 for those people seeking assistance through their Holiday Basket program. People who participate have the choice of receiving a pre-packaged box filled with traditional holiday foods and items that will cover a couple days of meals after the holidays or a gift card to shop for supplies at an area grocery stores.

Applications are available online or by calling 433-8000. Distribution of baskets and gift cards will take place Dec. 15.

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