Season for charity

Published 3:19 pm Sunday, November 26, 2017

This year, Harvest for the Hungry food pantry helped make Thanksgiving dinner possible for many households in Lawrence County.

More than 500 low income families were able to pick up food for a full Thanksgiving dinner, thanks to the annual holiday giveaway at the pantry.

In addition to the regular team of volunteers at Harvest, contributions for the effort came from the National Wild Turkey Federation and Facing Hunger Food Bank, who donated turkeys, Columbia Gas, who provided volunteers and equipment and Trinity Assembly of God in Coal Grove, who helped to transport the food to the pantry.

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The Thanksgiving giveaway is only part of Harvest’s work in the county. The pantry gives out food to thousands of families throughout the year.

The holidays show the compassion and charity of those in the county, with giveaways taking place to help the less fortunate.

At the Chesapeake Community Center, the Community Mission Outreach will again conduct its annual giveaway in the leading into Christmas.

Led by Don Moore and a team of volunteers, the event lasts two days and brings food to needy families and toys to children.
Ruth Damron, director of the community center, said donations are being taken for the effort. She said new toys are needed, which can be dropped off at the center.

For those who can help, remember those in need this holiday season. We encourage everyone to donate to Harvest, the CMO effort or groups like City Welfare Mission or to volunteer your time to these efforts to make the holidays brighter for many.

And, if you know of any charitable initiatives going on in your area, please contact the Tribune, so that we can help spread the word.