Ogdensburg Salvation Army and Massena Amvets serve free Christmas dinners
Above are Ogdensburg Salvation Army board president Tim Davis, Joseph Hammond, Stacie McNeil, deputy Robert Lent, Sen. Patty Richie, Mike Knowlton, Undersheriff Brooks Bigwarfe, Sgt. Matthew Brown and Shaun McNeil.A group of locals recently delivered supplies to the Ogdensburg Salvation Army and Massena Amvets so the organizations can serve hundreds of free dinners on Christmas Day.
On Thursday, Senator Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, Mike Knowlton, Jeffrey Hammond and members of the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department visited the Ogdensburg Salvation Army to present food collected for the free community dinner on Christmas Day.
Last week, Ritchie asked the public to help make sure the organizations would have what it needed for its Christmas dinner by collecting supplies at her offices.
Knowlton, a former sheriff deputy, donated 30 turkeys to the Ogdensburg Salvation Army and an additional 15 turkeys to the Massena Amvets for their respective meals.
In addition, Jeffrey Hammond gave $200 from Collins-Hammond Electric to the Salvation Army to help cover the cost of the dinner.
The Ogdensburg dinner will be served at the Salvation Army at 410 Franklin St. at noon. The Massena Amvets dinner will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. at the post, 12 Andrews St.
“We want to thank Senator Ritchie for helping us to obtain the supplies we needed so everyone can enjoy a nutritious Christmas dinner,” Shaun McNeil of the Ogdensburg Salvation Army said in a news release from Ritchie’s office.
“For many people, one of the biggest holiday traditions is sitting down for a delicious, nutritious dinner, shared with others,” Ritchie said in a prepared statement. “Now, thanks to the generosity of those in our community, more local people will have that option. I want to all who got into the Christmas spirit and helped to make these upcoming dinners a reality for those in need.”