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Holiday Helpers United Partners ready to help others

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TELL CITY – 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 partners are already working to help those in need this Christmas and they need your help, too.

There are many ways that you can help. You may conduct a food drive for the Perry County Food Coalition, which will help fill the shelves of Widow’s Barrel, Jasper’s Pantry, Council of Agencies, Martin’s Cloak and Community Adventists’ food pantries. You may hold a new toy drive and donate the toys to Holiday Helpers United or their partner Toys for Tots to help fill the stockings of hundreds of children this Christmas. You may hold a blanket or coat drive for Catholic Charities to provide for families trying to stay warm this winter.

You may adopt “Angels” from the Holiday Helpers United trees at Wal-Mart, Old National Bank, German American Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Everbody’s Fun and Fitness before Thanksgiving. Or call the United Way of Perry County office at 547-2577 to “adopt” Angels before they go onto the trees the week of Thanksgiving.

Christmas food baskets will be supplied through the Kiwanis Christmas Basket program. Any family that applies for food with the Holiday Helpers United program will receive a food basket through Kiwanis. Any other Perry County residents in need may sign up for a food basket by calling the United Way office at 547-2577.

A coat drive is currently being conducted by Catholic Charities. The public is encouraged to donate new or used children’s and youth-sized coats. If you would like to donate coats, blankets, hats, mittens, or scarves, contact Joan Hess with Catholic Charities at 547-0903.  

“Angels” containing information  – no names – about a child in need and will be hung on trees in Tell City for “adoption” by the public the week of Thanksgiving.

Any employee or civic group wishing to adopt “Angels” in advance of Thanksgiving are asked to contact Rebecca Fenn at the United Way of Perry County office at 547-2577 or unitedwayperry@gmail. com by Nov. 22. Gifts will be distributed to families Dec. 16-17, therefore all donors are asked to drop off their donations to Fifth Third Bank by Dec. 6 to give the Holiday Helpers United volunteers enough time to organize all the gifts the distribution date.
In 2012, more than 670 children received gifts through the Holiday Helpers United program. For more information about the program, contact Rebecca Fenn at the United Way office at 547-2577.
The mission of the United Way of Perry County is to improve the quality of life for the people they serve by providing leadership and mobilizing resources to create lasting change.