Several volunteer groups and non-profit agencies are sponsoring food drives throughout Novemember and December in an effort to assist the less fortunate with holiday cheer.
Okolona food drive
The Okolona Fire Department will partner with the Southern Sisters to collect canned goods and non-perishable food items for distribution.
The Southern Sisters is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose members saw a need in the community and want to help fill it. Rosie Hamilton of Southern Sisters said any donations are welcome.
“There’s not anything we don’t need,” Hamilton said. “We’re just starting out. We need everything.”
The collection will be held through Dec. 6 and donations can be dropped of at the Okolona Fire Department or the Housing Authority. Distribution will be held Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at the fire station and will be limited to one food box per family. Those who wish to receive a food box will be asked their name, address and family income for record keeping purposes.
For information, call Hamilton at 322-7861 or the fire station at 447-2482.
Pack the pick-ups for Food for Families
The Chickasaw County/MSU Extension Service is participating with the Food for Families drive again this year and all collections of canned and non-perishable food items donated by area residents will be dispersed in Chickasaw County.
Scott Cagle of the Extension Service said an event is planned to try to spark more donations this year.
“Griffin Motors and Eaton Auto are both going to donate a pick-up truck that we will park at the Master Gardener’s Park next to Houston City Hall,” Cagle said. “They will be there Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. all the way through the Christmas parade.”
Cagle said members of the Master Gardners club, Mississppi Homemaker Volunteers, 4-H and Mississippi State University Alumni will be on hand to assist those who want to make donations of food.
“They can just stop by and drop off food,” Cagle said. “All the groceries will stay here in the county.”
The Extension Office on Lee Horn Drive will also accept donations of food through Dec. 20.