Tuesday, December 05, 2000

How to help the needy

        • The FreeStore/FoodBank, the Tristate's largest food pantry, is seeking volunteers to assemble and distribute holiday food boxes, and to accept donations. For times and dates of volunteer needs, call Beth Dieter at 482-7535. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old.

        Between now and Christmas, the FreeStore hopes to collect more than 220,000 pounds of food for distribution to the needy. The FreeStore seeks donations of frozen turkey or chicken, canned foods, fresh produce, sauces, pasta, rice or boxed desserts.

        All food items can be delivered to 112 Liberty St. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Holiday hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 20-22, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 23.

        Money donations are also being accepted. A $25 donation will provide a meal for a family of five. Monetary donations should be sent to the FreeStore/FoodBank Development Office, 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

        • The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign seeks volunteers. The citywide fund-raiser has only about 15 percent of the total number of kettle hours covered, leaving more than 5,000 hours needing coverage.

        The funds benefit people in need, not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year. The money is being used to operate the six local Salvation Army community centers.

        Information: Christy Cox at 762-8618.

        • Ellis Scott and Associates, a hearing health care provider, is collecting food for the Free Store/FoodBank through Dec. 15. For every two cans of food, Ellis Scott will give either a free hearing test (by appointment) or a free pack of hearing aid batteries.

        Drop boxes for donations will be at the following Elis-Scott and Associates locations: 7033 Burlington Pike in Florence and 1106 Main St. in Milford. The food will be given to the Food Bank on Dec. 16. Information: call 248-1944.

        • The Delhi Township Fire Department is accepting donations of new, unopened toys for Christmas. Items will be donated to the Anderson Ferry Food Pantry for needy families in the surrounding area.

        Five barrels of food and 21 turkeys were donated for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Fire Department will continue to take food and coat donations for the pantry at the firehouse at 697 Neeb Road.

        • Christmas gifts and other donations are being collected for patients of Summit Behavioral Healthcare (formerly the Pauline Warfield Lewis Center).

        Volunteers are sought to host parties and help with holiday plans. Donations of gifts, funds, and entertainment are welcomed. Call Lisa Crawford at 948-3777.


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