TBO announces Giving Thanks Program

Published 3:38 pm Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Though the recent weather makes it difficult to believe, the holiday season is fast approaching. All the related preparations make it a busy time for everyone baking, cooking, and shopping.

During this time let us not forget the many others among us who have greater concerns. There are single mothers with either low-paying jobs or no employment at all. Also there are mothers and fathers who are out of work because of depressed economic conditions. These families find it difficult to bring the usual joy and festivities of the holidays into their homes. The children are looking forward to a special meal at Thanksgiving, and they will soon be expressing their wishes in letters to Santa.

As is the tradition, and with the support of the community, the Thermal Belt Outreach will again help make the holidays more pleasant for these folks. It is continuing its Giving Thanks and Sharing Joy Holiday programs to make this season brighter for many Polk County neighbors.

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Through the Giving Thanks and Thanksgiving program, needy families will receive a voucher from either BI-LO or Food Lion where they will receive food for their Thanksgiving meal. Last year the program provided dinners for 303 families, comprising over 800 individuals.

If you would like to help with this program, you may mail a check to Thermal Belt Outreach, P.O. Box 834, Columbus, N.C. 28722 or drop by the office at 134 White Drive in Columbus. Information and food vouchers will be sent to local churches.

If you would like additional information on how you may help call Jim McClintock or Gail Mills at Thermal Belt Outreach at 828-894-2988. TBO is currently taking applications for this program.

Watch your local newspapers for announcements of our Sharing Joy and Angel Trees programs to learn how you may bring a joyful Christmas to many area children and senior adults.