Food Pantry makes holiday meal possible for all

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By Kate Darnell

Local volunteers gathered Thursday morning to make Christmas a little brighter for others.

With the First Church of God filled with boxes and food, volunteers packed the Food Pantry’s holiday boxes for those in need of food this holiday season.

“Our numbers have doubled these past couple of months,” said Food Pantry chairman, Margaret Watson.

Watson said she didn’t believe the increase was due to the holiday season, but instead from the economy crunch.

“This year we’re making up 315 boxes and we may have more,” Watson said Thursday morning.

This year, local church’s were asked to collect and donate specific items for the holiday boxes.

In charge of stuffing, the Cynthiana Christian Church donated 400 boxes, and St. Edward’s and the First Church of God donated 250 cans of green beans, Watson said.

Other churches were asked to collect mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, jello, or cookies, all of which will be organized in boxes for families to pick up Friday.

“It’s a big task,” said Watson, who has been volunteering at the Food Pantry nine years, and as chairman of the organization four of those years.

“This is our one big thing,” she said.

Small stockings were also made and handed out to preschool children.

“That makes them feel like they haven’t been forgotten,” said Watson.

Watson said she expected a group of 20 volunteers to help with the boxes.

While the demand for food has risen, Watson said so too have the donations.

“This community has just outdone themselves this year,” she said, noting the stores, schools, restaurants, factories and organizations that had all donated items or money.

Watson said families would begin picking up their holiday boxes at the First Church of God at 9 a.m. Friday.