One of the best things about a community is the way its members look out for one another. Many of us know the simple, yet unforgettable, joy that comes from receiving a warm casserole after experiencing a hardship. Or looking out your window to see that your next-door neighbor shoveled your driveway after a snowstorm.

Here at Frost Valley in Claryville, NY, walking next door to help a neighbor with the groceries can be difficult or even impossible. Although we cherish our rural remoteness, many houses can be over a mile from one another. Therefore, we decided we needed to come up with another way!

Whether it’s due to financial circumstance, lack of transportation, or health issues, we know that many homes in our community – just as in any community – struggle to provide warm, nutritious meals.  We thought that if we can provide meals for over 41,000 guests each year, surely we can provide for our community members. Together with town supervisor David Brooks; Town Clerk Joy Montforte; and Councilmen Mike Dean, Paul Schoonmaker, Kevin Smith, and Greg Vurckio, we began preparing frozen dinners to local families.

We are currently delivering 105 meals per week to local families, which come at no cost to the families and many of which are delivered to their door. After nearly a year, it truly wouldn’t be possible without the help of compassionate individuals from our community.

This story is part of The Y‘s and the Today Show‘s “Season of Kindness.” To help #ShareKindness, we are highlighting some of the things that Frost Valley is doing this season to give back to our community.

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Frost Valley YMCA is a 5,500-acre, year-round camp - There's something for everyone here in the Valley. From group and family retreats to overnight camps to horse camps to teambuilding, we've got you covered. School groups love taking a three-night field trip to explore the natural world and learn about the environment and their classmates. Family weekends are the perfect getaway for the young and the young at heart. Teambuilding retreats afford corporate, collegiate, religious, and other groups the opportunity to challenge themselves and effectively work toward common goals. In the summertime we're where kids and teens gain independence, explore the world, and make lifelong friends through various camps such as traditional sleepaway camp, farm camp, horse camp, adventure trips, survival camp, and day camp. Call (845)985-2291 or email info@frostvalley.org to learn more today!

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