It never ceases to amaze me how much this community is willing to give to help those in need. Our annual Food-A-Bago is a testimonial to that fact.

Every year, we see more and more donations dropped off at our food drive location to assist families in Broome County through the Broome County Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW.)

On Sunday, I spent a couple hours setting up the Hillcrest RV camper in the parking lot of the Weis Food Market parking lot at 1290 Upper Front Street Binghamton as I do every year.

This year, I was surprised to find that the Broome County CHOW barrel out in front of the camper was full of non-perishable food. A happy surprise that is. And during the time I was setting things up, a person dropped off a full bag and box of food, one person donated money and another stopped by to make sure we would be there all week, so her organization could stop by with food. And that was just a couple of hours on a cold Sunday afternoon before the food drive even began.

I'm hoping that is a sign of a great food drive for Broome County CHOW this week. We are in the camper from 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, 8 am to 8 pm Saturday and Sunday, and then will finish up on Monday November 12th from 6 to 8 am.

During the hours we are not in the camper, there is a barrel next to the camper and you can drop off non-perishable food at Gary's U-Pull It on Colesville Road Binghamton and several area Subway locations.

Whale Nation has been very helpful over the past 19 years, and I know you will be there for families in Broome County again this year. See you this week at the Food-A-Bago camper!