With the spirit of giving in the air as the holidays approach, Community Services of Starke County is offering a helping hand to families in the area. Director Joan Haugh said that while they provide the food pantry services year-round, they are still coordinating efforts with other agencies in the community to provide other services as well.
Haugh said there are around 500 names on their list for Christmas assistance and the program is growing, with families, banks, schools and individuals pitching in to help.
“During the Christmas season, in the past couple of years we’ve coordinated with other agencies and businesses and individuals who wish to help families at Christmas because Starke County is traditionally a high unemployment, low income county, and we probably have about 500 children on our list that we’ve coordinated with other groups. So our agency can’t take all the credit, I give credit to these other groups that are willing to help people at Christmas time,” said Haugh.
Haugh said they will be making calls this week to let families know where to pick up their items. For those unable to pick up the items, she said the items will be brought to their homes.
Community Services is also still running their energy assistance program. For more information, call (574) 772-7070.