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November 29, 2012

Opportunities abound to help others this holiday season

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Cooperstown’s Angel Network – Sponsor a Cooperstown family or make a donation by emailing cooperstownangel@yahoo.com or send a check to PO Box 1186, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Checks should be made out to The Angel Network of Cooperstown. Organizers of this group would like to make sure that people donating know that the group has not received non-profit status yet, so donations are not tax deductible.

The Angel Network sends home a flier at the beginning of the school year with students who attend CCS. The flier instructs people on how they can become an “angel” or how to seek assistance. In October families who have asked for assistance are contacted so The Angel Network can learn more about the children in need. This year, 35 families with 79 children reached out to the organization. At the time this article was written, 26 of those families had been assigned to donors.

The group starts assigning donors to needy families in mid-November. They also enlist shoppers. The shoppers are given money that has been raised through fund-raising events to purchase gifts for those people seeking assistance who have not been assigned to a donor. Gifts are dropped off by donors and shoppers at St. Mary’s on Dec. 10.

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