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The Sno-Blazers snowmobile group donated a total of $2,500 to Blessings in a Backpack and Salvation Army of Columbia County. Pictured, back row, left to right, Randy Minick, Keith Loppnow and Cindy Humpry. Front row, left to right, Erin Jones, Cori Denk, Claudette Bacon and Betsy Woodward.

The Columbus-Fall River Sno-Blazers stepped up to provide help for two local organizations.

The Sno-Blazers, an area snowmobile club, provided donations of $1,250 each to the Blessings in a Backpack program and the Salvation Army of Columbia County. Both organizations received the funds during a check presentation at the Otsego Yacht Club in Otsego Feb. 27.

Blessings in a Backpack is a program that provides nutritious food for children in need after they leave school for the weekend. The national program came to Columbus last summer and, according to Cori Denk from the Columbus School District, it’s raised more than $15,000 in less than a year. When children are hungry, it often affects their behavior and how they perform in school.

“We’ve really had great support from the community,” Denk said.

Kendra Minick from the Sno-Blazers said Blessings in a Backpack is a really good program.

“It’s a great program for money to go into,” Minick said. “And then to see it really impact the community, it hits home.”

Claudette Bacon, Kettle Coordinator for the Columbia County Salvation Army, said the Sno-Blazers’ donation helps because all the money stays to assist local families.

“It helps people pay rent, buy some food and gives them a gas card,” Bacon said.

The local Salvation Army chapter also helps the NICC Foundation, providing school supplies to local children, buys groceries for families during Thanksgiving, donates to area fire departments, and supports other causes, such as families affected by the Didion Milling plant explosion last year in Cambria. The organization has also donated to the summer lunch program in Fall River and Columbus school districts.

“This really helps us a lot,” Bacon said. “The people in the Fall River and Columbus areas are very generous. It’s much appreciated. The past few years donations have been pretty good.”

For more information about Blessings in a Backpack, contact Denk at or call 920-350-0370. For information on the Salvation Army of Columbia County, call Bacon at 608-697-2524.

“We’re always looking for bell ringers around Christmas time,” Bacon said.

Contact Kevin Damask at 608-963-7323 or on Twitter @kdamask