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Operation Good Neighbor will host fundraising concert

ANGOLA — Operation Good Neighbor is a function of the Lake Shore Association of Christian Churches, which was started by pastors in Evans and Brant when Bethlehem Steel closed in Lackawanna. This food pantry has been serving the Evans and Brant communities since the early 1980s.

Previously, food pantries were set up in various churches, along with “clothing closets.” When a building was donated to the association, they consolidated these efforts into one.

OGN is still located at 2030 S. Creek Road in North Evans. The building is currently maintained by the LSACC and Blessed John Paul II Parish and is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. OGN also distributed food at Most Precious Blood Church in Angola twice weekly.

OGN is an all-volunteer organization that serves more than 1,000 people, per year. Volunteers are accepted, clothing donations are accepted for the OGN on-site thrift store, in addition to food and cash donations.

A cash donation received by the OGN is used to purchase food.

The OGN’s stated hope for the future includes increasing the public awareness of the mission of that organization and the availability of the thrift store, which is open to the public, and “as always working in God’s service until there is no more need.”

Operation Good Neighbor will be hosting its eighth annual fundraising concert at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Lake Shore Middle School in Angola. Angola’s Chris Panfil will host the lineup of local musicians, including Creek Bend, Joe Ells, Janet Chapman and others. There is a ticket charge.

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