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Church Will Host Giveaway March 22, 2019

Colemanville United Methodist Church, 210 Colemanville Church Road, Conestoga, will hold a Yard Give on Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clothing for children, teenagers, women and men will be available, along with books, puzzles and small appliances. Everything will be given away free of charge.

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Hope's Closet Sets Hours March 6, 2019

Hope's Closet, a resale shop located at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shops offers gently used clothing, including shoes, for the whole family, along with handbags, accessories, kitchen items, curtains, bedding, gift items, and more. Toys, games, books are available for children.

In March, shoppers will be able to fill a bag with men's, women's, and children's clothing for a set fee. This will include sweaters, light jackets, pants, nightwear, and more.

The shop will also have a large selection of linens, including sheets, tablecloths, and curtains. There will be a sale on dishes. Shoppers may register to win a free Easter basket, to be given away in April.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, as will free food, including bread. For more information, readers may call Pathway at 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Food Cupboard Serves The Octorara Community March 6, 2019

Hunger is a problem facing many families and individuals of all ages. Fortunately, the Octorara Area Food Cupboard is there to help. The nonprofit food cupboard serves 880 households that are food insecure in the Octorara Area School District.

Director Judy Dougherty said people may find themselves short on food for a wide variety of reasons. Some people may have a short-term need to get through a few weeks, while others may have a continuing issue. "If somebody needs food, we're going to try to give it," she said.

All interaction with the food cupboard is strictly confidential. Those seeking assistance are asked to bring photo identification and some form of address verification, such as an envelope or bill addressed to their home. Proof of income is not required, but applicants are asked to declare their income and meet eligibility requirements.

"Ninety-five percent of the people that come through here absolutely need to be here," Dougherty said. "They're getting help, and nobody's judging them."

The Octorara Area Food Cupboard is 100 percent volunteer. The cupboard works with the Chester County Food Bank, receiving food from it, the government and private donations.

"The needs are tremendous because the number of people is tremendous. We never send anybody out without food," Dougherty said.

The generosity of the community has helped the food cupboard greatly. In February, the organization held a soup donation challenge with the goal of collecting 1,800 cans of soup. Meeting the goal would mean each family served by the food cupboard could go home with two extra cans of soup.

As it turned out, the community responded with donations of 3,655 cans of soup, so each family received four extra cans of soup to help them keep warm in the wintry weather.

The soup drive was embraced by students at the Octorara Primary Learning Center, who challenged themselves to collect enough soup to build towers of cans taller than their teachers. The children reached their goal, collecting 830 cans of soup.

"This is the first time we've done something, and set a goal, and it's just gone over and above," Dougherty said. "What I like about Parkesburg and the area - when you put out a plea for something it comes through full force."

The food cupboard depends on donations to carry on its regular operations. Donated food items are always appreciated as are monetary donations, which are used to help cover expenses to keep the building operating and to purchase supplemental food items such as meats or to fill in when supplies run low.

For the month of March, the food cupboard is holding a "Mamma Mia" food drive. This effort is focused on collecting spaghetti sauce, elbow macaroni, canned ravioli and cereal with a goal of 900 items.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to host a food drive location is encouraged to contact the food cupboard for details. Volunteers are also needed at the food cupboard to help with a wide variety of jobs.

Donations for the "Mamma Mia" food drive or donations of any kind may be dropped off at the food cupboard, located at 714 Main St., Parkesburg. The food cupboard is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. as well as on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Food donations may also be dropped off at the Parkesburg Borough office, 315 W. First Ave., Parkesburg, on weekdays during normal business hours.

For more information, readers may call 610-857-4000, email OAFC424@comcast.net or visit www.octfood.com or www.facebook.com/OctoraraAreaFoodCupboard.

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Ash Wednesday, Clothes Closet Events Set February 21, 2019

The observation of Lent at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, and St. Paul (Lebanon) Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6955 Ripping Run Road, Felton, will begin with an Ash Wednesday worship service at 7 p.m. at St. James on March 6. A soup and sandwich meal will be served in the social hall beginning at 6 p.m. Worship will include the Imposition of Ashes and the celebration of Holy Communion. All are welcome.

Additionally, St. James will continue to open its clothes closet on the first Saturday of each month, with the next distribution set for Saturday, March 2, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. for volunteers and those attending the distribution.

Donations of clothing in good condition are always welcome, and children's clothing is especially needed. Donations may be brought at any time and placed in the breezeway between the worship and education buildings. Volunteers are needed to sort through clothing and prepare for distributions. The next work session will take place on Tuesday, March 12, at 8 a.m. For more details, readers may call the church office at 717-927-9497 and leave a message.

The church offers Bible study on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and worship takes place on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. The congregation is served by the Rev. Kathleen A. Kuehl.

More information is available by emailing stjamesbrogue@outlook.com, visiting www.stjamesbrogue.wixsite.com/home, or finding the church on Facebook.

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Hope's Closet Posts Hours February 20, 2019

Hope's Closet, a resale shop located at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It offers gently used clothing for the whole family, shoes, handbags, kitchen items, curtains, bedding, and gift items, along with toys, games, and books for children. Everyone is welcome.

In March, shoppers will be able to fill a bag with men's, women's, and children's clothing for a set fee. This will include sweaters, light jackets, pants, nightwear, and more.

The shop will also have a large selection of linens, including sheets, tablecloths, and curtains. Shoppers may register to win a free Easter basket, to be given away in April.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, as will free food, including bread. For more information, readers may call the church at 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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New Hope Ministries Receives Donation February 12, 2019

Salem Lutheran Church in Dover recently presented a check for $,1911 for the purchase of a new double-door, glass-front freezer for New Hope Ministries for its food bank at the Dover Center.

Salem Lutheran raised the funds through its fall festival held at Brookside Park, and additional donations from the congregation benefited the cause as well. In addition, the Route 74 Cluster of Lutheran Churches in Dover donated offerings given at evening Advent services. For information about New Hope Ministries and the Dover Food Bank, readers may contact 717-292-3441. New Hope is located at 1836 Industrial Court, Dover.

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Students Hold Food Drive February 11, 2019

Catholic schools in the York area kicked off Catholic Schools Week by helping the community while celebrating. Instead of a fee being charged at the annual Battle of the Buildings event, canned goods were collected for the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry.

Students from St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph Dallastown, St. Joseph York, St. Patrick, St. Rose of Lima, and York Catholic collected more than 21,000 canned goods, or about 12,500 pounds. The food pantry reported that it was the largest single-event donation it has received.

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Hope's Closet Posts Hours February 7, 2019

Hope's Closet, a resale shop located at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It offers gently used clothing for the whole family, shoes, handbags, kitchen items, curtains, bedding, gift items, toys, games, books for children, and more.

This month, in celebration of its fifth anniversary, Hope's Closet is offering a set discount on all purchases of at least a set amount. Also there will be a large selection of scrubs, many in medium size.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, as will free food, including bread. For more information, readers may call the church at 717-793-8070, visit Hope's Closet on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Senior Box Distribution Slated February 7, 2019

Goldsboro Church of God, 103 West Broadway, Etters, will host York County Food Bank's initial free Senior Box distribution on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. The boxes will be provided on the second Thursday of each month at the same location. The purpose of the program is to provide healthy food and nutritional options, as well as basic medical screenings such as eye, dental and blood pressure.

The following information will be required at registration: verification of ID (age and address) as well as verification of family income (previous year's tax return, Social Security award letter, last four pay stubs or similar documents). For more information, readers may call the Senior Box Hotline at 717-846-6435, ext. 209, or contact pastor Charlie Yost at 724-630-4956 or goldsborocog@gmail.com.

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Clothes Closet Sets Schedule January 23, 2019

St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, will open its clothes closet on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. for volunteers and those attending the distribution.

Donations of clothing in good condition are always welcome, and children's clothing is especially needed. Donations may be brought at anytime and placed in the breezeway between the worship and education buildings. Volunteers are needed to sort through clothing and prepare for distributions. The next work session will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 a.m. For more details, readers may call the church office at 717-927-9497 and leave a message.

The church offers Bible study on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and worship takes place on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. The congregation is served by the Rev. Kathleen A. Kuehl, and clothes closet distributions are directed by Jane Eveler.

More information is available by emailing stjamesbrogue@outlook.com, visiting https://stjamesbrogue.wixsite.com/home, or finding the church on Facebook.

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Hope's Closet Sets Hours January 23, 2019

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hope's Closet offers gently used clothing for the whole family, as well as shoes, handbags, kitchen items, curtains, bedding, and more. Toys, games, and books for children are available. Everyone is welcome. A large selection of scrubs, including many in medium size, will be available.

This February, the shop is celebrating its fifth anniversary. A special discount will be offered on purchases of a set amount or more. In addition, all children age 12 and under may select a free Valentine's gift for their mothers.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages. Free food and bread will also be available. For more information, readers may call Pathway Church at 717-793-8070 or visit "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook or www.pathwaycc.org.

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Organization To Provide Food Relief January 17, 2019

The York County Food Bank has announced that it will provide food relief to all workers impacted by the government shutdown. The food bank will continue its normal operations, serving more than 125 nonprofit partner agencies and programs in York County, but it will add federal shutdown services as well.

Those who need food assistance may visit the food bank at 254 W. Princess St., York, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays to shop for free in its client-choice food pantry. Families are also invited to come to one or both weekly food distributions that occur at the facility on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Fridays from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

The food bank's choice pantry offers foods such as assorted fresh vegetables and fruit, fresh milk, eggs, frozen meats, and various shelf-stable foods. Affected workers will be able to take different amounts of food based on family size.

The York County Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that strives to increase the quantity of and dignified access to high-quality, nutritious food for anyone who needs it. The food bank serves nearly 5,000 people in need every month. For more information, readers may visit www.yorkfoodbank.org or call 717-846-6435.

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Hope's Closet Sets Hours January 9, 2019

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All men's and women's sweaters in a range of sizes will be available at a special price.

A final clearance sale on Christmas decorations will be held, including tree trimmings, lights, wall and door decorations, table centerpieces, and more. A large selection of scrubs as well as games, toys, and books will be available.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages. Free food and bread will also be available. For more information, readers may call Pathway Church at 717-793-8070 or visit "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook or at www.pathwaycc.org.

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Faithfully Serving Conestoga Valley December 26, 2018

Organization Brings New Programs To Area

"We have some new programs," said Angela Trout, director of development with Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services (CVCCS). Trout was referring specifically to Back-on-Track Financial Coaching and the Rooted After-School Tutoring and Mentoring Program. Back-On-Track just completed its first year at CVCCS. The Rooted program just finished its second year serving Smoketown Elementary School students.

According to Trout, the after-school program began in 2017 under the mentorship of a Center for Champions, based in Harrisburg. "(Center for Champions) sent us a program coordinator who guided us," explained Trout, who added that in 2018 a group of CVCCS staff members began collaborating to run the program.

Currently, the program is serving 13 at-risk Smoketown students in fourth through sixth grades. Volunteer mentors from area churches meet with the students beginning at 3:15 p.m. each Tuesday school is in session from October to May. They spend time in Bible study, and the students read to the mentors and play math games. "The mentors talk (to the students) about Jesus and how Jesus loves us," explained Trout, who added that the program is blessed with more mentors than students this year.

At this time, Rooted is only offered to Smoketown Elementary students who walk to the CVCCS location adjacent to the school at 2420 Gehman Lane, Lancaster, and then are delivered to their homes by bus when the session ends. Trout noted that CVCCS would like to see the program offered in Leola and Brownstown as well, but she added that the expense of materials and solving the transportation issues have prevented Rooted from being offered in more locations. "We are working to strengthen this program now and hoping that in the future we could expand this to other schools," she said.

Back-on-Track kicked off in January 2018 and served its first client in May. Clients must live within or attend a church located within the Conestoga Valley School District. The program involves individual financial coaching for clients who are generally referred by churches. Trout explained that clients of Back-on-Track may not normally qualify for CVCCS services, but they are generally living paycheck to paycheck and may be only one car repair or medical bill from a downward spiral of debt that could eventually lead to homelessness. "(Back-on-Track) is a customized program because each situation is unique and different," explained Trout. "We meet with (the clients) to find out what their needs are."

According to Trout, clients qualify for the program based on specific situations and whether CVCCS is able to assist them. Clients who qualify must agree to attend three one-on-one financial coaching sessions tailored to their specific needs. Trout noted that financial coaches Dottie Slothower and Gayle Smith are often teaching basic financial literacy, including how to make good financial decisions, balance a checkbook, understand compound interest, and spot predatory loan practices.

Both Slothower and Smith have been educating themselves about training programs and affordable housing issues because many of the clients are considered underemployed. Programs such as the Workforce Talent 2020 Project administered by the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center Foundation, New Choices for Development, and CareerLink can help people access free training. Affordable housing help can often be obtained from Homes for Hope, Tabor, or Rapid Rehousing.

Because CVCCS wants to help the clients reduce debt, clients will be allotted up to three visits at the CVCCS Food Pantry and the CVCCS Clothing Bank.

In addition to the food pantry and clothing bank, CVCCS operates a Weekend Blessings program, which provides food items to students throughout the school district who qualify for free and reduced lunches. The organization also held a Christmas party for clients on Dec. 15, 2018.

Readers who would like to learn more about CVCCS and its programs may search for CVCCS on Facebook, visit http://cvccs.org, or call 717-208-3711.

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Hope's Closet To Open Doors December 26, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All men's and women's sweaters will be available at a special price.

A final clearance sale on Christmas decorations will be held, including tree trimming, lights, wall and door decorations, table centerpieces, and more. A large selection of winter clothing for children as well as games, toys, and books will be available.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages. Free food and bread will also be available. For more information, readers may call Pathway Church at 717-793-8070 or visit Hope's Closet-York on Facebook or at www.pathwaycc.org.

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Hope's Closet Sets Hours December 10, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children age 12 and under will be able to buy Christmas gifts from the Children's Secret Gift Shop. All items will be nominally priced.

Men's and women's sweaters and slacks in sizes from extra small to 3X will be available for 50 percent off. Cardigans in various styles, colors, and designs will be available. There will be a large selection of children's winter sweaters, tops, pants, and more, along with a variety of children's games, toys, and books.

There will be a special on Christmas decorations, including tree trimmings, lights, door and wall decorations, table centerpieces, and more.

Attendees may register to win a name-brand set of china or a Christmas gift basket that includes a gift card. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, and there will be also be free food and bread.

For more information, readers may call Pathway Church at 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook or visit ww.pathwaycc.org.

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Turkey Donations To Benefit Local Families December 6, 2018

York County Food Bank partnered with six area churches for the first-ever Bring Your Turkey to Church Day on Dec. 9.

In celebration of the holidays, the purpose of Bring Your Turkey to Church Day was to help to feed local residents in need. Members of the following churches brought frozen turkeys with them to the service: Chapel Church, 3050 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion; St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 25 Springettsbury Road, York; Unitarian Universalist Church of York, 925 S. George St., York; St. John's Blymire Church, 1009 Blymire Road, Dallastown; St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 947 N. George St., York; and Trinty United Church of Christ, 32 W. Market St., York.

York County Food Bank volunteers were slated to pick up the turkeys from the participating churches and bring them to the food bank.

Community members who would still like to donate a turkey may bring it to the food bank, 254 W. Princess St., York, before Friday, Dec. 14.

All of the turkeys collected will be used to help to provide 1,600 holiday meals packed through the Food Bank's Give A Meal program. The Give A Meal program partners with 10 school districts throughout York County to assure that no family goes to bed hungry this holiday season. Holiday meals are packed and distributed to the school districts, which then give them to families in their area who are in need of a holiday meal.

For more information or to learn how to help, readers may contact Debbie Krout at 717-818-4557 or email debbiek@yorkfoodbank.org.

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Hope's Closet Sets Hours November 21, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children age 12 and under will be able to buy Christmas gifts from the Children's Secret Gift Shop. All items will be nominally priced.

Men's and women's sweaters and slacks will be available for 50 percent off, with sizes from extra-small to 3X. Cardigans in various styles, colors, and designs will be available. There will be a large selection of children's winter sweaters, tops, pants, and more, along with a variety of children's games, toys, and books.

There will be a special on Christmas decorations, including tree trimmings, lights, door and wall decorations, table centerpieces, and more.

Attendees may register to win a name-brand set of china or a Christmas gift basket that includes a gift card. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, and there will also be free food and bread.

For more information, readers may call Pathway Church at 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Emmanuel's Closet Offers Assistance November 20, 2018

Emmanuel's Closet, a community pantry for people in need, serves the Dallastown Area and Red Lion Area school districts and is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Emmanuel's Closet is located in the basement of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 205 W. Main St., Dallastown. An appointment is required to register before receiving any services.

Donations are requested to meet the needs of the community. Needed items include canned cooked meat, canned beef stew, canned tuna, spaghetti sauce, dry pasta, canned vegetables, soup, canned fruit, hamburger/tuna/chicken stovetop meals, gelatin, pudding, cake and dessert mixes, icing, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, and fruit juice. Monetary donations are also accepted.

All donations can be delivered to St. John's Blymire United Church of Christ, 1009 Blymire Road, Dallastown. For more information or questions, readers may call St. John's church at 717-244-0655.

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Hope's Closet Posts Extended Hours November 7, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Nov. 17, with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Men's and women's sweaters and slacks will be available for 50 percent off. Christmas gifts, decorations, and children's coats and other clothing will be available. Children's games, toys, and books will also be available.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, and there will be free bread.

Shoppers may enter a drawing for a Christmas gift basket, including a gift card. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing.

For more information, readers may call Pathway Church at 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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