New Castle News

November 27, 2013

Holiday Happenings: There's plenty to go around Lawrence County

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Food baskets were distributed to 464 households Tuesday at the Sankey Center.

The City Rescue Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Food Basket project saw a 20 percent increase in the number this year, according to Mary Lee Green, director of development at the mission. She said about 1,200 people will benefit from the food.

Distribution began at 8:30 a.m. and was expected to continue for hours. Mission volunteers directed a line of cars that already had snaked around the building as the distribution began.

Green said the food baskets are tailored to the size of the household and are intended to provide food for three days.

At minimum, each basket will contain stuffing mix, yams, potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, fruit, pie filling, evaporated milk, pie crust mix and poultry — a chicken for individuals and a turkey for larger households.

Green said the project is aimed at helping those who cannot afford the traditional Thanksgiving meal for their family. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, she said.

The distribution is the culmination of efforts involving hundreds of volunteers. Planning began in July and the effort went into full swing in September, Green said.

Local churches and organizations helped to collect food and volunteers from area schools and churches provided hours of help. In addition, groups and organizations provided monetary donations to buy the poultry.

The mission will host a community meal Thursday, immediately following an 11:30 a.m. chapel service.

Bottom Dollar accepts donations of food

Bottom Dollar Food is working to combat hunger during the holiday season.

Now through Dec. 24, the grocery store chain is partnering with customers to provide food to families in need through the grocer’s annual “Hunger Has a Cure” campaign, which supports Feeding America and local food banks.

The company also will provide thousands of holiday meals for families through product donations in November and December.

To participate in the “Hunger Has a Cure” campaign, customers can purchase ready-made food boxes containing five items of private-label products that are available at all Bottom Dollar Food stores while supplies last. All stores will have designated food collection areas where customers can place the food boxes or other non-perishable items.

Customers also have the opportunity to support the campaign through cash donations at registers.

Red Cross to give T-shirts to blood donors

Red Cross blood donors will be receiving a gift during the Thanksgiving season.

The organization is giving away short-sleeved T-shirts to blood donors this week.

Donations will be taken in New Castle from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, 123 N. Jefferson St.

During holiday seasons, blood donations tend to decrease. So the Red Cross is hoping to encourage individuals to give blood.

“Hospital patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood and platelets,” said Marianne Spampinato, communications manager for the American Red Cross. “Blood donations are used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies, organ-transplant patients and those living with chronic blood diseases each and every day.”

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

Individuals can visit to upload a picture of a Red Cross blood donation and send a postcard to a loved one.

To get more information or to make an appointment to give blood or platelets, visit or call (800) 733-2767.

Coat and jean drive to benefit mission

There will be a coat and jean drive Saturday to behalf of the New Castle City Rescue Mission.

New and gently used men’s coats and jeans, as well as new children’s coats, will be accepted at Unity Baptist Church of Harlansburg.

Donations may be dropped off at the church — located at 304 Old Route 19 — between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

More information is available by visiting or calling the church at (724) 654-6017.

Offices to close for Thanksgiving

Government offices, agencies and some businesses will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. Among them are:

•New Castle City Hall, which will be closing at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

•Lawrence County courthouse

•The office of Lawrence County Community Action Partnership. The Allied Coordinated Transportation Services vans will not be running Thursday but will run in limited areas Friday.

•The business office of the New Castle News. However, The News will be published Thursday and Friday as usual. The obituary deadline for Thursday’s edition is 3 p.m. tomorrow. Deadlines for Friday and Saturday’s editions is back to normal — 7 p.m.