Local ways to give over the holidays

Published 4:07 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tawanna Jones, DHR representative said there are so many supporters of the project and she is very appreciative of all those who make the project possible.

Project Merry Christmas began around the first of October throughout Nov. 21 taking applications for families who could benefit from the assistance for the holiday.

So far, the project has gotten about $20,000 in donations and seeks to benefit about 800 children throughout the County.

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There are also about 30 adults including elderly that will receive help for the holiday. The assistance will come in the form of a voucher to go to an approved merchant or in the form of donated gifts.

Those who are a part of Project Merry Christmas will receive a letter on where to go to receive their gifts. The dates for pick-up will be Dec. 17-19.

Jones said last year was her first year to work with the project and she said it is a joy to see how it helps people.

“I have saw people crying,” she said. “Everyone is just so appreciative and excited.”

Those who are still interested in helping with Project Merry Christmas can call Marengo County DHR at 295-2000.

Demopolis Food Pantry

Alongside gifts for those who need assistance this holiday season, the Demopolis Food Pantry will continue to serve those who are receiving groceries from the Pantry every week.

The Pantry serves those who have completed the necessary paperwork making them eligible to receive a bag of groceries each week.

The Pantry operates Wednesday mornings and serves about 200-220 people in need of the assistance.

John David Barnes, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church said the Pantry will continue to assistance people throughout the holiday season.

Those interested in supporting the food pantry can donate monetarily or hold a can food drive, he said.

Harriet’s House

Harriet’s House is another way people can give back throughout the holiday season.