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Archive for Wednesday, December 22, 1999

HOLIDAYS CAPTURE SHARING SPIRIT

December 22, 1999

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With Christmas fast approaching, Lawrence social service organizations are wrapping up food and gift drives for the area's less-fortunate.

And Lawrence residents, it appears, are in the sharing spirit of the season.

"We've pretty much got it covered," said Lt. Kirk Schuetz of the Salvation Army.

Food packages are being distributed this week, said Andre Bollaert, manager of the Roger Hill Volunteer Center.

"We're down to the tail end," Bollaert said. "Things were sorted and collected last week."

For those needing food during Christmas, this is the last day to apply for holiday food vouchers from the Salvation Army, 946 N.H.

Instead of distributing food at the holidays, the Salvation Army gives away vouchers redeemable at local grocery stores, Schuetz said.

"It's easier for us to handle," Schuetz said. "It's absolutely better for the family."

The vouchers allow families to pick the foods they want for the holiday season. The first family member gets a voucher worth $25 and each additional family member gets a voucher worth $5 up to a total of $65.

With collections for this Christmas all but complete, the Salvation Army is taking in food donations for the coming year, Schuetz said.

He also said toys are still available for children who are less fortunate.

The Salvation Army takes toys not needed for the Toys for Tots program.

For those needing prepared food during the holiday weekend, the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen will provide meals at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.

All the food needed for those meals has been received, said Arlyne McGaugh, LINK president.

Like the Salvation Army, however, LINK is accepting donations for the upcoming year, McGaugh said.

Donations can be made at LINK's food pantry at the First Christian Church, 1000 Ky.

McGaugh expects up to 130 people to attend the meals LINK will serve Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Because school is out and children cannot get lunches at school, she expects more families to come in for meals.

-- Erwin Seba's phone message number is 832-7145. His e-mail address is eseba@ljworld.com.

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