Relief Fund helps neighbors in need

During the 1950s Scotia Relief expanded its scope to include residents of the Scotia-Glenville Central School District.

The organization continues to operate on a neighbor-helping-neighbor basis in an effort to keep a low profile and guard the privacy of those they assist.

The requests for help this year are up 25 percent over last year and as a result, Scotia Relief has decided to increase the awareness of the program so that the group can continues its work.

This past year, Scotia relief provided Scotia-Glenville families with vouchers totaling $12,390. Referrals for Scotia Relief come from the police departments of Scotia and Glenville, local churches, and primarily from the Scotia-Glenville School District's principals and nurses.

Treasurer Jan Tunison said the group understands that small businesses and local residents are feeling the effects of the economy, and donating to more than one organization is a strain for some. She wanted to remind potential givers that all of the donations to Scotia Relief go directly to families in the community.

"If you can give anything to help this fund out, you will know it is going to someone who is in you community, helping then have a decent holiday," said Tunison.

The Scotia Relief Association is a volunteer organization. Donations payable to Scotia Relief Association may be sent to treasurer Jan Tunison, 301 Lark St., Scotia 12302.""

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