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It's time once again to ask churches, businesses, and individuals in the community to participate in the preparation of Thanksgiving food baskets for those in need.

Dozens of baskets will be filled with food and supplies, all with the goal of helping families less fortunate in Rowan County during the Thanksgiving season.

“There's a great need in our community this time of year,” says Beverly Gilliam, director of Christian Social Services. “It’s great to see such a wonderful community chip in to make a difference.”

Local agencies will help determine the needy families.

“It's a must to serve all the people. It takes everyone in the community to contribute,” Gilliam said. “This project was designed for organizations that want to help those in the county who need help providing dinner on Thanksgiving. We hope business, churches, and all organizations sponsor a basket. It takes a lot of people to help with all the families. Lots of people right now are in need and they want to have a nice meal for their family.”

Completed baskets may be dropped off at Faith Presbyterian Church, 430 Fraley Drive, behind Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals, during the following times: Sunday, Nov. 18, 12:30 to 2 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

If possible, the sponsors encourage purchasing an inexpensive laundry basket. It is greatly appreciated by the families and makes the lifting and carrying process much easier.

Also, they ask for canned, non-refrigerated hams in the canned meat aisle. Not every family has an oven.

Some suggested items to be included are:

One or two canned hams (1 pound), canned green beans, canned corn, potatoes (bagged or instant), box of stuffing, instant pudding, graham crackers, canned yams, marshmallows, cake or brownie mix/icing, flour, sugar, drink mix, instant coffee, hot rolls, cranberry sauce, liquid dish detergent, and laundry detergent.

For more information or to make a cash donation, call Gilliam at Christian Social Services at 784-5329.

The program is sponsored by the Rowan County Ministerial Association.

“Thank you to everyone for helping feed needy families during Thanksgiving,” said Gilliam. “Blessings go to the churches, businesses, and people of Rowan County who are so giving and caring.”

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.