Holiday Helpers ready for season

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By Rebecca Fenn

Is your youth group, organization, business or family already thinking about helping others this Christmas season? Well, you aren't alone. The Holiday Helpers United are already working on helping those in need this Christmas, and we need your help, too.

There are so many ways you can help. You can conduct a food drive for the Perry County Food Coalition, which will fill the shelves of the Widow's Barrel, Jasper's Pantry, Council of Agencies, Martin's Cloak and Community Adventists' food pantries. You can hold a new toy drive and donate the toys to Holiday Helpers United to help fill the stockings of hundreds of children this Christmas.

You can hold a blanket or coat drive to replenish the stock that Catholic Charities supplies for those needing to stay warm this fall and winter. You can adopt "angels" from the Holiday Helpers United trees at Wal-Mart, Old National and Fifth Third Bank just before Thanksgiving.  

Or call the United Way of Perry County office to adopt angels before they go onto the trees.

In 2008, we provided gifts to more than 660 children, the greatest number yet, through the Holiday Helpers United program. And this year, we are anticipating even higher numbers. Families also received help with blankets and coats through Catholic Charities and food baskets through the Kiwanis Christmas Basket program. Currently, we are in great need of new or used children's, youth's and mens' coats. There is also a need for blankets, new or used.  

If you would like to donate coats or blankets, please contact Joan Hess with Catholic Charities at 547-0903.

Employee groups wishing to adopt a family of children are asked to contact Rebecca Fenn at the United Way of Perry County office at 547-2577 or unitedway perry@ psci.net by Nov. 10.  Any business or organization that would like to partner with the United Way and the Holiday Helpers United in conducting a drive or making a donation should contact the United Way of Perry County as soon as possible.  

Applications for assistance are now being accepted through the local Division of of Family and Children office, Division of Family Resources, Catholic Charities, food pantries, schools and United Way of Perry County. The United Way office is located at 1012 31st St. in Tell City.

For more information about the program, contact the United Way office.  The mission of the United Way of Perry County is to provide leadership and resources to community organizations that are working to fulfill the health and human-service needs of Perry County.

Fenn is executive director of United Way of Perry County.