With Christmas just around the corner, the Food Depot Alimentaire is launching the 30 Days of Community Caring Campaign.
President Dale Hicks says this massive project brings together more than a dozen organizations to help those in need this holiday season.
In the 2016 campaign, the total value of donations and food over that 30 days reached $412,688.
“That’s just these activities, it doesn’t include the group that comes in and says we had a food drive in our office and here’s five or six boxes of food, and here’s $500,” says Hicks. “It doesn’t include that.”
Hicks says every year, the community pulls together individually, and as organizations and businesses to help provide for those in need.
“What we’ll see at Christmas time is a lot of people who come in on the spur of the moment, they may have spent money on Christmas gifts, or a heat bill came in, and all of a sudden there’s a panic so they end up here at our door,” says Hicks.
He adds they put together what they call an emergency food box for those people and “it gets them through that Christmas period.”
“At this time of year, with everything going on, the financial draws that are out there whether it’s kids at Christmas time or heat bills going up, our phones ring a lot more than they do any other time of the year no question,” says Hicks.
Details of the various activities over the next month are available HERE.