Broome County Council of Churches director, Rev. Joseph Sellapack, speaking on the December 1st edition of the local public affairs show, Southern Tier Close Up on WNBF, says the Council and its members are busier than ever as the holidays approach.

Reverend Sellapack says many people may not realize that a coalition of faith-based organizations is still working hard to rebuild Broome County homes damaged by the flood of September, 2011.  40 properties are currently being worked on and 18 are completed.

Even as that work continues, Faith in Action had also gathered donations and drove truck-loads of supplies downstate to meet the immediate post-flood needs of residents in the New York City area and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy.

Rev. Sellapack says demand for hunger abatement programs like the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) always seems to increase at this time of year. He says the largest rise in requests now is coming from working families.

One popular fund-raiser for CHOW is being held this weekend. Choruses for CHOW will be held at Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church on Main Street in Johnson City Sunday the 9th.

More information on the concert and the programs of the Broome County Council of Churches can be found at or by calling (607) 724-9130.

Southern Tier Close Up can be heard Saturday afternoons at 12:10 on News Radio 1290 WNBF.