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Donations, volunteers needed for Thanksgiving Food Drive in Longview

By Angela Ward
Nov. 20, 2013 at 10 p.m.

Organizers with the Thanksgiving Food Drive want to remind people that they will need donations and volunteers next week.

The annual donation day will be Monday, and the pickup day will be Tuesday, both at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center. There are 1,118 families approved to receive food boxes this year, said Betty Horaney, one of the organizers.

While many organizations, including churches, schools, businesses and Boy Scouts, hold food drives and bring their donations to the event, there still is a tremendous need for small donations from individuals and families, she said.

"We're hoping people will respond with donations of food or, if it's easier for them, cash donations," Horaney said.

Volunteers also are needed on both days, she said. Volunteers don't have to sign up ahead of time; they can just show up on either day.

"It's really not hard if we have a lot of volunteers," Horaney said. "We had a tremendous turnout last year and are hoping for that many or more next week."

People who are eligible to receive a food box already have been notified and must bring their letters of acceptance Tuesday.

Households of one to three people receive one box of food; those of four or more receive two boxes.

"While we need donations of all kinds, we usually have enough of the staples, like peas and corn," Horaney said. "Where we tend to run low are on things like canned fruits or desserts."

The hours of the donation day have altered just slightly, she said. The time is now 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

"The people who receive the food are always incredibly grateful, but I think we're the ones who are blessed by doing this," Horaney said.



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