Several organizations are seeking volunteers and donations to help those in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
Several Thanksgiving dinners are planned for the homeless, needy and homebound. Volunteers and donations are still needed:
• Love Your Neighbor, in partnership with Men of Faith, will host the annual free Love Your Neighbor Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave. Another free Thanksgiving dinner will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St. Volunteers and donations are appreciated. The nonprofit group expects to serve between 500 and 600 meals, as well as provide turkeys to families in need. Those wishing to help may contact Lisa at (352) 428-9275 or the Rising Sun at (352) 848-0090.
• Community Thanksgiving Dinner, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville. The dinner is hosted by JAM Ministries and Christian Life Assembly of God. The free event will include a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, along with entertainment and a drawing for food baskets. Volunteers and donations welcome. Call (352) 597-1139 or visit christian-life-assembly.com.
• Volunteers are being sought for St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church's 15th annual Thanksgiving Day dinner on Nov. 22. Individuals are needed to help with meal preparations and delivery, as well as people willing to donate or cook an unstuffed turkey. Monetary donations are appreciated. Help will be needed at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 to cut up turkeys and prepare meals. On Nov. 22, delivery of meals to shut-ins and those unable to attend the dinner at the church will start at 11 a.m. The dinner will be served in Xavier Hall at the church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., at 1 p.m. The dinner is open to anyone unable to provide a meal for themselves, those who will be alone for the holiday, and to the immediate families of active-duty military members. For information, call (352) 238-7567 or (352) 238-7666.
• Habitat for Humanity will coordinate holiday food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as children's gifts for Habitat families and Hernando County residents in need. To assist a family in need or to make a donation, contact Debbie Prescott at (352) 754-1159 or email [email protected]
Christmas Angel Program
The Christmas Angel Program serves children from infants to 14 years old who live and attend school in Hernando County. All applicants have been prescreened and have been determined "in need."
Individuals and private companies are needed to sponsor the children. Sponsors receive children's wish lists, which include clothing sizes and toy wishes. Teens' wishes are fulfilled with gifts or gift cards for stores such as Walmart, Target, Rue and JCPenney. Gift cards are also needed for help with food for families.
All help is appreciated. For information, call Mary or Bill at (352) 596-1552 (leave a message).
The Hernando County Salvation Army hopes to provide food, toys and emergency assistance to more than 900 local residents during the holiday season. To reach its goal, the organization needs to raise about $9,000.
To make a donation, call (352) 796-1186 or toll-free 1-800-725-2769; send mail to Salvation Army at P.O. Box 1135, Brooksville, FL 34605-1135, or make an online donation at salvationarmy hernandocounty.org.