Blessings Resource Center’s Spirit of Christmas food drive for needy families is under way and will be accepting food donations through Sunday. Individuals, families, Sunday school classes, churches, civic groups and businesses of all sizes are encouraged to participate.
Chesterfield County First Steps Executive Director Karen Martini said the center’s advisory board asked her in September to plan and present the idea of a county-wide holiday food drive to the First Steps events committee. The Blessings Resource Center board said poverty and hunger were even more severe among Chesterfield County families than its 2014 feasibility study had indicated.
“The BRC Advisory Board unanimously expressed the opinion that the Christmas season can often add to the burdens of impoverished families,” Martini said. “This caring group of community leaders wants to ease at least one of the hardships that afflict at-risk children and their families during this season of hope and promise for all people. The CCFS board agreed and the result is our Spirit of Christmas food drive.”
The food drive is currently accepting donations and scheduling drop-off and pick-up times for group participants and will continue through Sunday, Dec. 13. Individual donations can be dropped off at one of the following participating businesses: Dollar General in Pageland, Jefferson and Chesterfield, Family Dollar Stores in Pageland, Jefferson and Chesterfield, Food Lion in Pageland, Freeman’s Video in Pageland, IGA Foodliner in Pageland, Pageland Family Medicine, the Pageland Progressive Journal and T&L Grocery in Pageland.
Suggested items for donation include peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meats, rice, pasta, beans and any nonperishable food items.
Food drop-off times or pick-up times can be scheduled by calling Chesterfield County First Steps at 843-703-9533 or 843-623-5904 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chesterfield County First Steps provided information for this story.