A little help goes a long way — especially for cancer patients struggling to pay for transportation to treatments and to put food on the table for their families.
For about two years, the Potter County Volunteers That Care nonprofit organization has been lending financial assistance in the form of gas cards. The group has given away about 150 gas cards to people living in Potter County and those receiving cancer treatment there.
Now the organization will be able to distribute dozens more $100 gas cards following a big shot in the arm on Monday. The organization received $3,024, which came from the Coudersport Alumni organization and the Coudersport Area Lions Club and proceeds from the Mike Hemphill Softball Tournament.
“Our word is getting out. I think people have been very generous with the way the economy is,” said co-chairwoman Kathy Kinard, who is a breast cancer survivor.
The organization traces its roots back to December 2012 when the Coudersport American Legion gave $10,000 to the Potter County Volunteers That Care organization. That kicked off a whole lot of good for a lot of people.
The program has reached beyond the borders of Potter County, reaching to Emporium in Cameron County and Port Allegany and Bradford in McKean County.
“All we want to do is help,” said Kinard.
At this time, a $100 gift card is given to one person, only once. That could change, however, as the organization could expand the program so people can get more than one gas card to travel to their treatments.
The organization heavily relies on donations, but it also conducts its own fundraisers. A spaghetti dinner is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the St. Eulalia Catholic in Coudersport.
The Potter County Volunteers That Care meets at 5 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Coudersport Senior Center on South Main Street.
More information, call chairwoman Linda Bretz at (814) 274-9337 or Kinard at (814) 274-7829.