Adopt-a-Family gearing up for Christmas food basket project

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Volunteers prepare for the 2014 distribution | GCNO file photo

Greene County Adopt-a-Family will provide Christmas food basket to needy families again this year. The baskets of food and other household items are intended to ease financial burdens, allowing families to channel their money to other holiday-related or seasonal purchases.

As always, monetary contributions are needed to purchase food and other Christmas basket items. Monetary donations can be mailed to AAF, PO Box 364, Jefferson 50129, or deposited directly at any local People’s Trust & Savings Bank location.

Registration forms to receive the food baskets are available at New Opportunities Family Development Center at 1401 N. Elm in Jefferson. This is the only location for forms. “We are continuing to develop our partnership with New Opportunities with the goal of having one central location for Greene County where programs such as Christmas food baskets and Operation Warm Hearts can be serviced. This means families may only need to make one stop to register for available assistance,” stated an AAF board member.

The deadline for forms is Nov. 24. Applicants are required to provide the names and ages of all adults and children residing in the household and a functioning phone number.

Food baskets will be distributed to each household on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 11 am to 12:30 pm at Clover Hall on the Greene County Fairgrounds in Jefferson. For food safety reasons, all baskets must be picked up during the distribution time.

In 2014 food and other household items were provided to 161 Greene County families. The board is anticipating serving even more families this year.

In October, Operation Warm Hearts provided coats, snow pants, boots and other winter outerwear to 172 Greene County children.

“Greene County is a generous community and we come together to support our friends and neighbors. Adopt-a- Family appreciates the community’s generosity, and looks forward to another successful holiday campaign,” a spokesperson said.

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