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Seniors benefit from venison giveaway

A venison giveaway event was held on Wednesday, and shown are volunteers and members of local law enforcement in Montgomery County. They delivered bags of venison steak and other meat to seniors in Montgomery County. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

FULTONVILLE — Local police agencies and volunteers delivered pre-packaged venison that was donated by local hunters and sportsmen to about 300 seniors in Montgomery County.

A venison-giveaway event was held on Wednesday in which about 76 bags were delivered to 76 locations equivalent to 300 seniors across Montgomery County. Each bag contained five to six pounds of meat that included venison, elk meat and sausage. All the meat was donated by local hunters and sportsmen, and was organized by volunteer Thomas Georgia, along with volunteers from the Montgomery County Republican Committee, the Office for the Aging and former state Sen. George Amedore.

“The seniors are so happy,” Georgia said. “When you get on the outskirts of Montgomery County, some of these people really are in need. They’re very thankful for it.”

Usually seniors drive-through and pick up the venison, but due to COVID-19, this year local police agencies are delivering the venison to each location. Georgia said the seniors also enjoy seeing local law enforcement delivering the venison.

Agencies participating included the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, St. Johsnville Police Department, Fort Plain Police Department, Canajoharie Police Department, Amsterdam Police Department, the Amsterdam Fire Department and the Montgomery County Emergency Management Services.

A member with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office brings one of the bags of venison to a member of the Canajoharie Police Department to be delivered to seniors in that area of the county as part of the Venison Giveaway event held on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

“The men and woman of law enforcement enjoy this immensely because it gives us an opportunity to go out and meet people, talk to people, share food with them.,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Smith.

The Venison Giveaway event was started 12 years ago and is sponsored by former Sen. Amedore. Seniors could sign up through the Montgomery County Office For the Aging and the 76 bags were distributed to members of local law enforcement to be delivered to the seniors. Georgia said this event helps feed the seniors, it supports hunting and helps promote safe gun use along with safe hunting.

Georgia said there is such a demand for the venison, that they plan on expanding it to Seniors in Fulton County.

“This program has continued to grow,” Georgia said.

He said the best part of volunteering for a program such as this is seeing it grow and all the people who either volunteer or have donated meat to be given to the seniors.

This was something the former senator was always excited about. It really pairs up community members that we have — the hunters, the sportsmen along with the seniors who need a little help,” said Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort. “We love to have these type of community events in Montgomery County. This is what makes living in Montgomery County a really great thing; neighbors helping neighbors, people helping people.”

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