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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 21, 2014

Volunteers sought to pack boxes

Dec 12, 2013

The Lord’s Cupboard of Jefferson County is reminding volunteers their help is needed Monday and Tuesday at the Nazarene Family Center to prepare and pack 500 Christmas food boxes for distribution to families in need.

According to the Fairfield Volunteer Center, volunteers are needed at 9:30 a.m. Monday to help clean, stack and number banana boxes.

“If we have enough volunteers, the cleaning, numbering and stacking usually only takes an hour to an hour and a half,” said Rose McMahon, who helps with the project.

Volunteers are needed to help during two shifts Tuesday.

McMahon said the first shift begins at 7:30 a.m. The nonperishable food arrives at the family center at 7:30 a.m., and volunteers are needed to help stack those items.

The second shift begins at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to pack the food items into the banana boxes. Each volunteer is given a list to follow and a box to fill as he or she moves down the line.

McMahon said the packing goes quickly and is usually finished in about an hour.

Perishables, including a chicken or turkey, fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, eggs, candy, milk and butter, arrive at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, and volunteers sort and pack these items.

Residents who signed up for a Christmas food box can pick them up at the Nazarene Family Center beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

“Rotary Club has traditionally helped carry boxes out to cars,” said McMahon.

“We couldn’t do it without volunteers,” said Jane McMahon, who is spearheading the event. “From elementary children to retirees, the community comes out in full support of the Christmas box project.”

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