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United Way director discusses 25th “Day of Caring” (audio)

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United Way for Cortland County director Christella Yonta called in to discuss the 25th annual “Day of Caring” and Wendy Thibeault Memorial Food Drive:


The day is normally filled with in-person volunteer projects held around the community, but had to be limited this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

Instead, residents are encouraged to participate in the “Food & Fundamentals Drop-off” between 10 am and 2 pm at Beaudry Park on Scammel Street in Cortland.

Volunteers will be on-hand to accept donations; you don’t even need to leave your car.

“With the arrival of Covid-19, the need for food and personal supplies has really multiplied,” Yonta said. “Unfortunately, at the same time, food box distribution has been curtailed at many traditional outlets due to Covid regulations. This year, in addition to food, we are getting requests for personal care items, household soaps and detergents.”

Non-food items considered to be highest in demand include:

  • Brushes & Combs
  • Deodorant & Razors
  • Soap, Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
  • Laundry Detergent & Dryer Sheets
  • Dish soap & cleaning products
  • Paper products like Kleenex, paper towels and toilet paper

The drive helps stock over a dozen food pantries across the county.

A full list of suggested food and supplies can be found on www.CortlandUnitedWay.org.


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