WARREN - Volunteers did their part to make sure homebound senior citizens have food for Christmas by delivering donated canned goods and other non-perishable food items.
The donated items, which were collected by Girl Scout troops from Howland and Vienna and by local senior citizen centers, were stored at a building in Howland and recently placed into about 100 bags to deliver for Christmas.
Bob Wissinger, coordinator of the effort with SCOPE, said the annual effort makes sure local seniors can have a Christmas meal.
"We went door-to-door and spoke with people to wish them a nice holiday,'' he said.
Volunteers delivered the bags to identified senior citizens in order to also include a friendly visit. He said many of the seniors cannot get out to get food.
He said the Girl Scouts led by leader Barbara Rosenblum have helped with the effort for several years.
''The Girl Scouts were very generous in donating 1,400 items,'' he said
Wissinger said the bags will be delivered to seniors at The Elms Apartments in Warren and the McKinley Towers Apartments in Niles.
''There is a need for people to receive these,'' he said.
Volunteers helping fill the bags indicated they enjoy seeing smiles and appreciation from those who receive the bags.
"There is definitely a need to help people this holiday season,'' Wissinger said.
The meals include canned meats, pasta and other items. In addition there is also donations of quilts and blankets which were delivered wit the meals.
In past years, between 100 and 200 baskets have been delivered to the homebound who may be alone, ill or lonely.
Rosenblum said she told the scouts that when they have their holiday dinners to remember the seniors they helped.