|Soup kitchen needs food donations|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:44|
Helping Hands of St. Louis Outreach Center in East Toledo is in need of 350 frozen boneless hams by next week for Christmas food baskets for families in need.
Director Paul Cook said he is grateful for the recent support given by the community for Thanksgiving meals. Federal funding for food was cut in half last year to service providers like Helping Hands, causing Helping Hands to seek more assistance from the community to continue providing meals to more than 300 people each day.
"It it weren't for the community, we wouldn't be able to do all of this," Cook said.
The Christmas food baskets provide a holiday meal that families can cook and enjoy together at home. In addition to hams, Helping Hands is asking for donations of instant mashed potatoes, canned sweet potatoes, new toys and children's clothing.
Donations are needed by Dec. 12.
Donations may be delivered to Helping Hands of St. Louis at 443 Sixth St., Toledo, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. To schedule a delivery for a different time, call Cook at (419) 691-0613, ext. 2.
Catholic Charities serves 40,000 people of all backgrounds in the Diocese of Toledo annually by providing food, shelter, prescription and emergency rent assistance as well as adoption services, jail and prison ministries and guardianship services to the elderly.
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