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November 16, 2010 > 'Something for our community'

'Something for our community'

Beth Armstrong of the Niles Congregational Church was inspired by the community spirit of another member, the late Mary Hewitt "who got us out into the Tri-City Community." Members of the congregation began to formulate plans for a food drive and contacted the Tri-City Interfaith Council to involve other churches "to make a bigger impact." In the offices of Tri-City Volunteers, Beth was reminded of the effects of a poor economy; increased demand and declining contributions.

"We have challenged our congregation and the greater Niles community to bring in 1,000 cans of food during a three week period prior to Thanksgiving." Through flyers and personal contact, people are urged to bring donations to a collection point at First Christian Church on Niles Boulevard. "We would like to get the word out to the larger community since we know this is a big need with many people out of work including some in our congregation." Barrels are being placed by other members of the interfaith alliance in strategic locations throughout the Tri-City Area to assist the effort. A large thermometer will be posted and keep track of collection progress.

If the importance of this food drive was not evident, during the brief meeting at Tri-City Volunteers on November 4th, Tri-City Volunteers Executive Director Melissa Ponchard was informed by her staff that the monthly allocation of FDA food resources had been exhausted. She says, "We only get one shipment per month from the FDA." Although there is an additional supply from the Emergency Food Bank, it is depleted within two weeks. Obviously, donations are critical to the inventory of Tri-City Volunteers and many other organizations that provide assistance to the Tri-City community.

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