Help those less fortunate

The Cub Scouts had a “tree” at Christmas in Lime Springs announcing their pick-up of items for the food bank on Dec. 17, starting at 9:00.

Christmas is a time of giving. We tend to remember to give to our loved ones with gifts and holiday parties, but what about the neighbor down the street?

Sometimes we may not even know who is struggling. There is a way to help those in need now and throughout the year. Donate items to Community Action.

There is a drive taking place in Lime Springs to collect new or slightly used winter wear and food items. There will be a box in the Community Center during Christmas in Lime Springs on Dec. 4 for donated items.

There is a larger number of people in need this year. Youth and adults alike are in need of winter clothes (coats, hats, mittens, boots, snowpants) of any size.

Other items needed are:

• Cash–make checks to Howard County Food Bank. Patty Banks of Community Action said to specify Howard County, otherwise it gets divided between counties in northeast Iowa.

• Food—canned or boxed

• Paper products—diapers of all sizes, toilet paper, etc.

• School supplies

• New or slightly used toys

• Gift cards

Families or organizations can also take part in the Christmas giving program, similar to Toys for Tots. Community Action has ages of family members and ideas of gifts to purchase. “So far, we’ve been lucky. Churches and families are taking a few families to buy things for,” said Banks.

She has noticed there are a lot of repeat families using the Food Bank in addition to new people. “Most people are very thankful and we’re glad to do it.” She has a lot of folks who will call and ask if the Food Bank is in need of something in particular. She noted sometimes people come in to donate items who were helped by Community Action in leaner years.

Banks finds it amazing that when they look at the shelves and wonder “What are we going to do? Low and behold, someone comes through!”

Most recently, an Elma farmer donated some hogs, which St. Peter Lutheran Church paid for processing that allowed families to have ham for Thanksgiving.

She also declared how Fareway is providing a way to donate bags of food by offering a $10.00 or $20.00 bag of groceries at the checkout counter.

Help make someone else’s holiday joyous by bringing your items to the Lime Springs Community Center on Dec. 4 or to Community Action, located behind the courthouse at 204 2nd Ave East, Cresco.

Hours are Monday and Friday, 8:00-noon and Wednesday 8:00-4:30. That is the time items can be dropped off or when a person can go shopping. Call for additional hours at 563-547-4413.

If you can’t make it to Christmas in Lime Springs or forget to bring food items, the Lime Springs Boy Scouts are “Scouting for Food” on Saturday, Dec. 17. Put bags on your front porch by 10:00 a.m. and the Scouts will pick it up. If you live out of town and would like to donate, give Mike a call at 563-547-1739 or Tony at 563-566-2347.

Start a new tradition in your family by sharing your wealth. Be an example for your kids.


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