Who says Pennsylvanians aren't generous?

Having written about nonprofit groups for years, I know that when they put out the word for assistance -- be it through donations of money, time or materials -- our York County neighbors heed the call.

I know of three agencies right now that can use your help, so read on for details.

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With offices in Peach Bottom Township and Street, Md., Mason-Dixon Community Services acts as a safety net to low-income residents by providing emergency food and energy assistance as well as information and counseling.

About 25,000 people sought such help from the agency last year.

Current needs include donations of food, toiletries and school supplies.

To learn more, call 717-456-5559 or stop by the office in the Peach Bottom Township Recreation Center, 5 Pendyrus St.

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The Southern York County Pantry also provides emergency food and energy assistance, but its focus is on residents of southcentral York County.

When folks are in need, pantry volunteers deliver a supply of boxed, canned and frozen food to their doorsteps. Founded in 1982, the pantry is a co-op effort of about 35 churches in the vicinity of the Susquehanna Trail. These churches do a pretty good job of keeping the shelves stocked, but additional donations are always welcomed. Call 717-235-6370 to learn how to participate.

If you need assistance with food, or know someone who does, the pantry urges you to call the same number and leave a message. All information is kept confidential.

Red Lion Area Community Services helps about 300 households each year.

During the summer months, an average of 110 youngsters received supplemental nutrition through the Kids' Kafe program. Then, the agency helped more than 170 children with back-to-school supplies and backpacks when they returned to classes in August.

Now the agency must restock its pantry shelves. There is an immediate need for breakfast items, especially cereal and oatmeal, as well as canned goods, peanut butter and jelly and the like.

To make donations of food or money, call 717-244-6934 from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays. You can drop off items during the same hours at the agency, 15 First Ave., or call to arrange an after-hours delivery or pickup.

Felton resident Lori Badders is a native of southern York County and writes news items and this column for the Weekly Record. Reach her at
LoriBadders@msn.com or 717-244-5397.