Giving tree among ways to help during the Christmas season

Pat and Jane Schilling added Christmas cards to the Christmas
giving tree last week. Cards are numbered on the front and include
a brief description of items needed on the back. The small artificial
tree sits on a table in the foyer of the Terry Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

  Giving opportunities continue to be available to anyone interested in helping those in need within our community. They include the Christmas giving tree and food boxes.

About 35 cards listing needs from area residents have been prepared for the Christmas giving tree this year, according to Public Health Nurse Janet Fredrickson. It’s a slight increase from last year, Fredrickson said, noting cards include needed items for children as well as elderly residents. 
       “Some people don’t like to ask for anything,” Fredrickson said. She noted some of the items include basic articles like a pair of socks or gloves to a plate of baked goods. Other items include toys and clothing for children. Each card includes a brief description of the person as well as the suggested donations.
The giving tree is located in the main entrance of the Terry Sacred Heart Church. Those interested in picking up a card can stop by the church or call Pat Schilling at 635-5761. 
Food boxes are also being put together by the Prairie County Health Department. Each box includes items for a holiday meal including a turkey or ham, dinner rolls, a bag of potatoes, coffee and dessert, among other grocery items.
“We’ve gotten quite a few donations over the years,” Fredrickson said of the county’s food bank. In the past several families have donated locally grown beef as well as cases of fundamental foods like peanut butter or cans of soup.
“We try to put things in that we think people really can use,” Fredrickson said.
Each box will include about $100 worth of groceries.
Families and individuals will either pick up the food boxes at Terry Town Hall or boxes will be delivered to residences shortly before Christmas.
For more information on these programs please call the Prairie County Health Department at 635-2020.

Published Dec. 5, 2012

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