Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry begins Thanksgiving and Angel Tree Drive

Published 8:50 am Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Outreach fund provides an opportunity to secure at least one Christmas gift for each eligible child or senior citizen. (photo submitted)

Each year Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry (Outreach) supports the needs of families that find it difficult to provide the simple blessing of a holiday meal or a Christmas gift.
Many families are struggling to make ends meet and facing unemployment, depressed economic conditions and a rising cost of living.
Outreach is focusing once again on raising funds for this special need. Outreach will use contributions designated for the Holiday Fund to provide families with grocery store food cards that can be used to purchase Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. The Holiday Fund also provides Outreach with the opportunity to secure at least one Christmas gift for each eligible child (0-13) or senior citizen (60+). Additionally, Outreach is beginning its Angel Tree Drive.  Angel Trees will be adorned with cards that have a child’s first name, age and gender for those that wish to “adopt” a child for Christmas.  Last year, Outreach served more than 400 families representing more than 2,700 individuals through this special holiday program.  This year, Outreach anticipates the need to be even greater.
“Churches, businesses, community organizations and individuals have adopted children and seniors in previous years.  The delight on the gift givers’ faces when they deliver their gifts to Outreach is one of sheer gladness that comes with being Santa’s helpers and being a part of the Angel Tree program. Christmas joy abounds for everyone involved,” explained Carol Newton, Outreach executive director.
If you would like to help, send a check to:
Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry, PO Box 834, 134 White Dr., Columbus, NC 28722.
Write in holiday fund in the memo section of your check.
If you would like to know more about how you can participate in the Angel Tree Program, contact Michelle Reedy at 828-894-2988.
Outreach is accepting applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The last day to apply for Thanksgiving assistance is Oct. 29, for Christmas assistance the deadline is Nov. 15. Proof of Polk County residency; food stamps, Medicaid and/or proof of income for everyone in the home are required.
– article submitted by Wendy Thomas

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