W hen Cheryl Putorti and a number of like-minded customers at Putorti’s Market picked up their copy of the Whitehall Times last week, they were troubled by what they saw on the front cover.
“When I saw the train was not coming, I got a little concerned,” Putorti said, referring to last week’s headline ‘Holiday Train to skip Whitehall.’
A longtime supporter of the Whitehall Community Food Pantry, Putorti feared the impact the train skipping over Whitehall would have on the community’s hungry. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train helps raise awareness of local hunger and officials from the company donated $1,500 to the food pantry last year. That donation was augmented by donations of non-perishable food items.
“We started to think of what we can to do to help out,” she said.
So Putorti and several others began brainstorming ways to help and the result is a “Holiday Fun Family” event that will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at Riverside Veterans Memorial Park.
The event will include a tree lighting, music, an appearance by Santa and his “elves” and refreshments.
Everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a donation—food or monetary—for the food pantry.
Anyone who would like to make a donation before then can drop them off at Putorti’s Market.
Checks should be made out to the Whitehall Community Food Pantry.