Fulton resident takes caring for community to heart

Chelsea Kimball, a young mother of three, is determined to help create a bright future for her hometown of Fulton and all of Oswego County.

While her husband is on active duty with the National Guard, Kimball, along with her children, has been busy volunteering to clean parks and other areas in the county.

It’s her way to give back to the community and show her children the importance of caring for the community they live in.

“When school ended, I created a list of things that I wanted to do with my children over their summer vacation,” she said. “I know school teaches them the importance of studies and being a good student, however as their parent, I am obligated to teach them about life. One thing that I wanted them to realize is the importance of giving back to their community and making it a better place to live for everyone,” said Kimball.

To achieve that goal, Kimball and her children volunteered to help clean area parks, and planned to host an event to help those less fortunate.

Kimball, along with her friend Jennifer Beyrau, began planning an event for family and friends that would raise money for, and collect, non-perishable food items for, those in need.  When her friend unexpectedly passed away due to health problems, Kimball was more determined than ever to see the event through.

“I decided to make our event bigger and better than we imagined,” said Kimball.

She opened the event to all community members.

Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr. gave her the idea to donate proceeds to Catholic Charities. “Catholic Charities is an anchor in our city.  They provide much needed services that benefit families not only in our city, but throughout Oswego County as well.  We recognize the need for Catholic Charities services and appreciate their efforts,” said Woodward.

Kimball’s wish for an event to benefit her community will come true from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Fulton Elks Lodge No. 830 at 57 Pierce Drive.

The fundraiser will feature plenty of food and fun; live music from the band Hold the Air; drawings for themed baskets, a 50/50 drawing and more.

Those attending are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food items.  All money raised during the event, along with the food donations, will be donated to Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

“Chelsea’s enthusiasm and love of her community is evident in the volunteer projects she has done to better the community she loves,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow.

“We are thrilled that Chelsea recognizes the important role that Catholic Charities plays in Oswego County and chose to hold the fundraiser on our behalf,” she continued. “From our food pantry, thrift store and CYO program to our other programs that serve families and youth of all ages, Catholic Charities does much to improve the quality of life in our community.  We greatly appreciate Chelsea’s efforts and welcome community members to join us for an afternoon of fun for a good cause.”

For more information on the event, contact Kimball at 592-7008.

Fundraiser planned

A fundraiser with food, children’s activities and live music will be 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Fulton Elks Lodge, 57 Pierce Drive. Those attending are asked to bring non-perishable food items. Proceeds will benefit the services of Catholic Charities of Oswego County. For details, contact Chelsea Kimball at 592-7008.

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