Easter basket drive an overwhelming success, literally

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Executive Director Richard Zazycki of Circles of Mercy surveys some of the treasure trove.

The annual “Easter Baskets for Cate’s Kids” in which the SRC Club is a major player this year outdid all prior efforts.

With the combined efforts of SRC members, Columbia High School students and staff, and Len Leonidas’s Tiger Scouts, plus a few other local groups conducting their own efforts, hundreds of Easter baskets for needy children in the community were created and delivered to the family services organization Circles of Mercy.

According to Richard Zazycki, Circles’ executive director, the outpouring far exceeded his organization’s needs, so the overflow was shared with the Rensselaer Boys & Girls Club and Rensselaer Head Start.

Bill Dowd, SRC’s coordinator of the project, expressed gratitude for the club’s effort.

“The unending generosity of our club members, plus the volunteer work of students and Scouts engaged in a kids-helping-kids effort, have made the basket initiative a huge success again this year.”

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A Circles of Mercy volunteer sorts through the many contributions.
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And, yet more donated baskets.

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