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Church Plans Clothing Giveaway October 12, 2017

St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 947 N. George St., York, will hold a clothing giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. Gently used and new fall and winter clothing will be available.

Clothing may be donated during church office hours on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 18 and 19, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-854-0589.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items October 11, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sales will be offered on women's sweaters of all types in sizes from extra small to 3X, along with men's and women's pants, jeans, and light jackets. Infant, toddler and children's clothes for fall and winter will also be available.

The newly opened household and decorative items room will feature bedding, gift items, kitchen items, curtains, and more. The children's room has been expanded to include games, books, toys, and more.

There will also be free clothing items available for people of all ages, along with free food items 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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Solanco CROP Walk To Help The Hungry October 5, 2017

The annual Solanco CROP Walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Muddy Run Park. Readers are invited to join friends and neighbors on the autumn walk to raise funds to help stop hunger locally and around the globe.

Participants in the CROP Walk have the option of following a 5-mile course through wooded trails and roads of the park or a shorter course, staying on the paved paths. The alternate route covers easier terrain and is suitable for families with strollers or wagons for children.

"When you go into the park, there's lots of signage directing you where to go. We start at a pavilion, then it's a 5-mile walk through the campground and the park. It is an awesome walk," said committee member Fan Bender. "You can take your time, and you don't have to do the entire 5 miles."

The walk is a family event, and children and dogs are welcome to participate. "If you walk your cat, you can bring your cat," co-chair Mary Etta Reinhart said. "We're just happy you come."

This year, the park's disc and soccer golf courses will be available for groups that prefer to support the CROP Walk by participating in these activities as an alternative to walking either route. Refreshments will be served following the walk so that everyone has an opportunity for fellowship as well.

Also new this year will be a scavenger hunt with token prizes. Children will receive a list of items they can collect during the walk, while adults will be asked to use their phone or camera to take pictures of listed items that cannot be picked up, such as a large rock or a spider web.

Proceeds from this and other CROP Walks across the country go to Church World Service, which directs funds to areas of the world where they are currently needed most. Each walker will receive a card with the name and location of a person like those who may be helped through the event along with a description of how the money raised will go to help that person. "It gives (the event) a personal touch," Bender said.

"The important thing is our funds go to people to help them improve their lives. It empowers people," co-chair Don Trimble said.

One quarter of the funds raised on the Solanco CROP Walk will be returned to the Solanco Neighborhood Ministries food bank to help it meet emergency food requests for residents of the Solanco, Penn Manor, and Lampeter-Strasburg school districts.

Since the first walk in 1980, the Solanco CROP Walk has raised more than $348,000. Last year, walkers representing 11 southern Lancaster County churches raised more than $8,500.

Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren is the organizing church for the event, and it works with churches across the region to support the CROP Walk. "We, in a sense, sponsor it," Reinhart said. "We just get people organized; everybody does their own part."

Anyone who would like to participate in the CROP Walk may obtain a sponsorship packet through their local church or by contacting Reinhart at 717-786-4323 or Trimble at 717-548-2509.

Participants are also welcome to register on the day of the event, which will begin at 8 a.m., rain or shine, at Muddy Run Park, 172 Bethesda Church Road, Holtwood.

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Clothing Drive Planned October 5, 2017

Jewish Family Service, along with Congregations Shaarai Shomayim, Degel Israel, and Temple Beth El, will hold a clothing drive on Sunday, Oct. 15.

Participants may bring gently used clothing of all sizes, including mittens, gloves, and winter outerwear, to one of the three congregations before noon on Oct. 15.

Donated clothing should be clean, ready to be worn, and not dated or in need of mending. Clothing should be folded and placed in bags or boxes and brought into the lobby. Receipts will be available at the temple office.

For more information, readers may contact jfshelps@gmail.com.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items September 7, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fall clothing for men, women, and children will be available, including a large selection of men's and women's dressy and casual slacks, pants, and jeans in all sizes available for a nominal fee.

The newly opened household and decorative items room will feature select items such as bedding, gift items, kitchen items, curtains, and more. The children's room has been expanded to include games, books, additional toys, and more.

Individuals may also register to win a Welcome Fall gift basket. There will also be free clothing items available for people of all ages, along with free food items and bread.

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

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Food Pantry Receives Item Donations August 30, 2017

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items August 23, 2017

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

There will be fall clothing for men, women and children, including men's and women's dressy and casual slacks, pants and jeans in all sizes, available at special savings. Household and decorative items will include kitchen items, curtains, bedding, gifts, and more. Children's games, books, and toys will be available.

Many free clothing items, as well as free food, will be available. Shoppers may register to win a "Welcome Fall" gift basket.

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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Clothing Drive August 23, 2017

The Charles Ludwig VFW Post 7362, 755 Rancks Church Road, New Holland, is seeking donations of clothing for its second annual clothing drive for veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Organizer and post commander Norman E. Brower Jr. noted that clothing for both men and women veterans, such as pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, and new stockings, will be accepted, as well as items such as carry-on bags and suitcases.

Interested individuals may schedule an appointment to deliver items to VFW Post 7362 by calling Brower at 717-824-2343.

According to Brower, many times veterans will arrive at the Coatesville VA Medical Center with only the clothing they are wearing. After receiving help through the center's programs and services, the veterans are able to leave the center to find employement and go on to lead a successful life.

VFW Post 7362 offers many programs and services to the community, including an American flag retirement program as regulated by the flag code, services to veterans and their families through the VA administration, and donations of hospital equipment.

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Food Waste Weekend Set August 23, 2017

Food Waste Weekend educates clergy about the issue of food waste, and then gives them the tools they need to share the issue with their congregation. The program was developed by AmpleHarvest.org - the unique nationwide nonprofit that is eliminating food waste and hunger by linking 42 million American home gardeners to local food pantries.

Each year the United States wastes 133 billion pounds of food or 40 percent of food produced. At the same time, 1 in 6 Americans does not know where their next meal will come from.

The second annual Food Waste Weekend will take place from Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 10. This is a global invitation and opportunity for the faith community to learn about and address the waste of food during the weekend's religious services. Free information about food waste, faith-specific sample sermons, newsletter bulletins and more are available to clergy who sign up at www.foodwasteweekend.org.

Food Waste Weekend was launched in 2016 to help the faith community shift its focus from feeding the hungry to ending hunger. Clergy are urged to mark Sept. 8 to 10 on their calendars to give sermons on the waste of food and further discussions about how reducing food waste can help congregations follow their faith traditions, save money at the grocery store, and help improve the health of both themselves and the planet. Food waste sermons can be given at any date, the resources will remain online and freely available. In addition, all congregants can learn more about what they can do personally at www.foodwasteweekend.org/me.

Through AmpleHarvest.org, the key beneficiaries of Food Waste Weekend will be food pantries nationwide that will receive food, especially locally grown food, that otherwise would have been lost to waste. For more information, readers may visit www.ampleharvest.org/presskit or call 267-536-9880.

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A Harvest To Share August 17, 2017

During the summers of 2016 and 2017, Sherri Patton of Zion Lutheran Church, 18 Quarry Road, Leola, oversaw the Leola Community Garden with help from Sue Orth, Zion's outreach director. During that time, the three raised beds and a plot of land have provided myriad vegetables to local food pantries and ministries, including Homes of Hope, Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services, and Breakout Ministries.

While Patton is thrilled that the project has been able to help meet the nutritional requirements of local families in need, she is more excited about the volunteers from local Scout troops, churches, and ministries who have helped with the project. "A lot of people have been a part of this," she said. "What it's about for me is everyone coming together and doing something good."

Patton's desire to start a garden has roots in her own family's challenges to live on one income and her interest in growing vegetables. "I have been a stay-at-home mom for seven years, and we have struggled financially," said Patton. "(My husband) worked two jobs, and ... food was one of our biggest issues. Getting good food when you're struggling financially is hard."

In 2012, Patton's family, which includes her husband, Ken, and children, Tristan and Addison, began volunteering for Homes of Hope. In February of 2016, the family began attending Zion Lutheran. "Through prayer, I had a vision (for a community garden)," said Patton, who shared her vision with Orth. The two women recruited their husbands to build two raised beds for the 2016 growing season. By the end of that summer, another raised bed and a garden plot, all located on church land, were providing vegetables.

Recruiting help to plant, weed, water, and harvest has not been difficult. Scouts from Troop 83 helped to move soil into the raised beds, and members of Cub Scout Pack 54, to which Patton's son belongs, have also lent a hand. "We have volunteers from Zion, from Calvary Church, and from Breakout Ministries," said Patton, who added that she has an email list of volunteers that she utilizes when help is needed.

While Patton said she has always been interested in gardening, she does not consider herself an expert. "I don't see myself as someone who has a green thumb," she said. "Growing corn is new to me. Growing squash is new to me. I just figure we'll try and see how it goes."

As the vegetables they have planted begin to ripen, Orth and Patton are excited to see the bounty that has grown. "I just picked 10 yellow squash," noted Orth, as Patton listed the types of vegetables growing in abundance. "We have carrots, onions, 10 types of peppers, and five or six types of tomatoes," Patton said.

Orth noted that enriching the diets of area residents has always been part of the plan. "We target ministries that deal with clients who don't have access to fresh produce," she said. "Breakout has a lot of members from the inner city."

As the harvest comes in, Patton is looking ahead to fall. "Behind where that corn is," she said, pointing to an area of the garden patch, "I would like to do a pumpkin patch and maybe (organize) something (involving pumpkins) for kids in the fall."

Patton also sees the garden as a teaching opportunity for her offspring. "I want my children to know that they can provide themselves with food and to learn about helping others," she said. "We have had a lot of help in the past few years, and I want to give back."

Patton added that the garden project can always benefit from more volunteers. Readers who wish to volunteer may contact the church at 717-656-9200. Individuals who want to learn more about the Leola Community Garden may search Facebook for "For the Love of Gardening."

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Free Clothing Giveaway August 17, 2017

Hosanna! A Fellowship of Christians, 29 Green Acre Road, Lititz, will host a free clothing giveaway in the fellowship room at the church on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 7 to 11 a.m. Gently used clothing will be available for men, women, and children in a wide range of sizes. All are welcome.

For more information, call the church office at 717-626-2560 or visit www.hosannalititz.org.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items August 9, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a bag sale on women's, men's, and children's clothing items. Women's items are available in all sizes from extra small to 3X, and men's clothing is available in sizes from small to 3X. Women's, men's, and children's shoes will be available at special savings. Business attire is available. Household items will include kitchen items, curtains, bedding, gifts, and more.

Many free clothing items, as well as free food, will be available. Shoppers who spend a set amount or more on merchandise will receive a free gift.

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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MOPW Will Host Clothing Giveaway August 8, 2017

"We're trying to fulfill the need God showed us," Nancy Harnish said, explaining why the Middle Octorara Presbyterian Women (MOPW) will host a clothing giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 7 to 11 a.m. "There's such a need in the community."

This is the third annual giveaway that the MOPW has hosted at Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1199 Valley Road, located 4 miles east of Quarryville on Route 372. Everyone is welcome to take what they need from the items donated by church members and friends.

"We have enough clothes for everybody," remarked MOPW member Marlene Fromm. "People redd out their closets and bring the extra clothing to us."

Several rooms of the church have been filled with clothing, and on the day of the event, all of the items will be stacked on tables and hung on clothing racks. Newborn sizes through 5T will be located in the social room between the sanctuary and the fellowship hall, while the rest of the items will be in the fellowship hall. Bags will be provided, and guests may shop at no cost from the good-quality clothing, some of which is brand new and still has tags. A consignment shop in Strasburg has contributed items for the event. Little girls' dance outfits, medical scrubs, and maternity styles are among the offerings.

"The kids' and teenage school clothes go first," said MOPW moderator Cathy Miller.

"But the tables are (piled) so high," Fromm added, gesturing about 3 feet above a table. "There's plenty."

The times for the giveaway have been moved up an hour to accommodate another function at the church in the afternoon. Judging by last year, however, the earlier start will not be a problem for visitors.

"I got here at 6:30 a.m., and they were lined up already," Harnish recalled.

There is no cost for the clothing, but guests are invited to bring nonperishable food items and other donations for Solanco Neighborhood Ministries if they are able. Any leftover clothing will be picked up by the Salvation Army.

For more information about the clothing giveaway, readers may call MOPW member Shirley Miller at 717-786-3690.

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Tools 4 School Distribution Event Planned August 4, 2017

The fifth annual Tools 4 School school supply distribution and clothing distribution event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 12, between 10 a.m. and noon at Zion Lutheran Church, 1290 River Road, Marietta.

Attendees will be able to pick up a variety of free items for school students of all ages. School supplies to choose from will include backpacks, binders, notebooks, dividers, filler paper, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, erasers, and highlighters. The event will also feature clothing that is gently used and clean, along with new underwear and socks in all sizes. Attendees will also have access to gently used books for all levels.

For more information, readers may contact Zion Lutheran at 717-426-1884.

The school supply distribution is organized by Zion Lutheran Church, and the clothing distribution is organized by St. John's Episcopal Church in Marietta. Tools 4 School is made possible by donations from businesses, organizations, and community members.

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Free Clothing Ministry Posted August 1, 2017

Harmony Grove Community Church, 6390 Harmony Grove Road, Dover, will offer a free clothing ministry as an outreach to the Dover community and the surrounding areas of York County. The clothing will be available in the small white church on the first and third Saturdays of each month, excluding holiday weekends, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, readers may call 717-292-3659 or visit www.hgcc.org.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items July 25, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a bag sale on women's, men's, and children's clothing items. Women's items are available in all sizes from extra small to 3X, and men's clothing is available in sizes from small to 3X. Women's and men's shoes will be available at special savings. Business attire is available. Household items will include kitchen items, curtains, bedding, gifts, and more.

Many free clothing items, as well as free food, will be available. Shoppers who spend a set amount or more on merchandise will receive a free gift.

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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Church Sets Food, Clothing Drive July 19, 2017

Starview United Methodist Church, 85 Codorus Furnace Road, Mount Wolf, will hold a food and clothing drive on Saturday, July 29, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Nonperishable food donations will be collected for the Northeastern Food Pantry. Clothing will be collected for the York Rescue Mission.

For more information, readers may call Rita at 717-764-2534.

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Youth Group Schedules Clothing Drive July 11, 2017

The Memorial United Methodist Church youth group will sponsor a clothing drive for GAiN (Global Aid Network) during the month of July. GAiN is in need of cleaned clothing in good condition in sizes XL and smaller.

Donations may be dropped off at Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 S. Hess St., Quarryville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. To learn more about GAiN, visit http://globalaid.net/about-us/. Readers may also call the church at 717-786-2941.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items July 5, 2017

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

There will be a bag sale on women's, men's, and children's clothing items. Women's items are available in all sizes from extra small to 3X, and men's clothing is available in sizes from small to 3X. Women's and men's shoes will be available at special savings. Business attire is available. Household items will include kitchen items, curtains, bedding, gifts, and more.

Many free clothing items, as well as free food, will be available. Shoppers who spend a set amount or more on merchandise will receive a free gift.

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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Clothes Closet To Offer Items July 5, 2017

Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown, has announced that God's Clothes Closet will be open on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. A large selection of sweaters, slacks, jeans, dresses, blouses, skirts, shirts, coats, belts, shoes, and hats will be available, as well as linens and blankets.

For more information, readers may call 717-944-6181.

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