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A Harvest To Share January 12, 2018

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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Hope's Closet To Offer Items January 10, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sales will be offered on men's and women's sweaters, vests, coats, and light jackets, which are available in sizes extra small through 3X. Infant, toddler and children's clothes, including outerwear, will also be available.

The Christmas shop will offer items at a 70 percent discount, including decorations, ornaments, gift items, 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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Hope's Closet To Offer Items December 27, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sales will be offered on men's and women's sweaters, vests, coats, and light jackets, which are available in sizes extra small through 3X. Infant, toddler and children's clothes, including outerwear, will also be available.

The Christmas shop will offer items at a 70 percent discount, including decorations, ornaments, gift items, 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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Food Pantry Receives Donation December 8, 2017

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items December 6, 2017

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

Sales will be offered on men's and women's sweaters and coats.

Hats, scarves, gloves and boots will be available for men, women and children. Infant, toddler and children's clothes, including outerwear, will also be available.

The new Christmas shop includes decorations, ornaments, gift items, 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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Church Posts Upcoming Events November 22, 2017

Saint James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, has scheduled its upcoming events.

St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, will open its Community Clothes Closet to the public on the first Saturday of every month from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The closet will be open on Saturday, Dec. 2. Free clothing, shoes, and coats will be available for infants through adult size XXL. All items are clean, and some are new. Visitors are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast in the social hall, as well. Donations of men's and children's clothing in all sizes are needed, especially boys' clothing in sizes 6 to 20.

The Monday Morning Quilt Group will hold its Christmas gathering on Monday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. at Lion's Pride Restaurant, 20 Dairyland Square, Red Lion. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their meals.

The group usually meets on the first Monday of every month at St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, at 10 a.m. No sewing is done at the meetings. People of all skill levels are welcome to attend. The next regular meeting will take place on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

Information about the quilt group and the Community Clothes Closet is available by contacting the church at 717-927-9497 or stjamesbrogue@aol.com or visit www.stjamesbrogue.org.

Ten weeks of ballroom dance classes will start on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Lessons will be taught by Gregory Sipe. Beginner lessons will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. beginner, and intermediate and advanced students will attend from 4 to 6 p.m.

There is a fee, which must be paid at the time of registration. The fee includes a Valentine's dance at the church. The dance will not include a lesson and will be held at the church. For more information and to register, readers may contact Rosalie Eveler at 717-244-5642.

Under the leadership of the Rev. Kathleen Kuehl, the church holds a weekly Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m., preceded by a Bible study and a social time from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m.

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Parishes, Organizations Provide Food November 15, 2017

A number of parishes and schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg will provide meals for people in need on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23. Many other parishes and schools will hold food and clothing drives in support of people in need in the area. Local events include the following.

St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen, 1459 Zarker St., Harrisburg, will serve a free Thanksgiving dinner at noon on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23. For more information, readers may contact Ms. Chucky Palmer, soup kitchen coordinator, at 717-236-4506 from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Catherine Laboure, 4000 Derry Street, Harrisburg will distribute complete Thanksgiving dinners to area agencies, as well as parish families who are in need. Agencies include The Catholic Worker House, Saint Francis Parish, Silence of Mary House and the Bethesda Mission. More details are available by calling 717-564-1321.

Also St. Catherine Laboure parish has a tradition of baking and distributing bread on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers will begin to bake at 6:30 a.m. to be ready to distribute the free bread to anyone who wants a loaf following the 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Mass.

Prince of Peace Parish Knights of Columbus will hold a Coats for Kids event on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25 and 26. The parish is located at 815 S. Second St., Steelton. For more information, readers may call 717-985-1330.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish's Knights of Columbus Henry Strickland Council 14333 in Cornwall held a Thanksgiving food drive to benefit the Lebanon Rescue Mission. For more information, readers may call 717-273-1574.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 2 N. Eighth St., Lebanon, planned to collect food for the Lebanon County Christian Ministries and JOY of Jonestown. To learn more, readers may call 717-272-5674.

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Food Pantry Receives Rotary Donation November 10, 2017

In October, the Rotary Club of Manheim donated funds to the Manheim Central Food Pantry to purchase a new freezer.

The Manheim Central Food Pantry, located at 334 W. Gramby St., now has a total of three freezers. Two of the freezers plus a refrigerator have all been funded by Rotary. The new freezer will help to store the boxes of meat that are donated by a local grocery store every week, said Jim Hershey, who serves on the food pantry steering committee. Additional storage space was also needed for the meat that is donated by individuals who purchase animals at the Manheim Community Farm Show each fall. "Now when the meat comes, we won't have to struggle to fit it in," Hershey remarked.

When the pantry opened at the end of 2012, Hershey said it did not distribute meat and only gave out a small amount of produce. Now all of the clients receive fresh meat, produce, milk, and eggs along with nonperishable items.

According to Rotary member Carolyn Peters, the funds for the purchase of the freezer came from the Rotary Club of Manheim, Manheim Rotary Charitable Foundation, and the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club of Manheim is a group of like-minded community leaders and residents who work together to improve the community through the motto "Service Above Self."

The Manheim Central Food Pantry currently serves approximately 150 households, according to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank statistics. Registered clients receive food and personal care items once a month, based on family size. To be eligible for the food pantry's services, individuals must reside in the Manheim Central School District. Potential clients may call 717-665-2331 to inquire about eligibility.

For more information, readers may visit www.manheimcentralfoodpantry.org.

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SNMinistries Offers Plethora Of Programs November 9, 2017

As the weather - finally - turns cold, Solanco Neighborhood Ministries (SNMinistries) executive director Teresa Dolan is preparing for upcoming holidays and the winter season.

Thanksgiving food baskets will be distributed to qualified households on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SNMinistries office, 355 Buck Road, Quarryville. Folks must register to receive baskets by Friday, Nov. 17.

Dolan has created a list of items that community members may donate to fill the Thanksgiving baskets. Requested items include 10- to 12-pound turkeys, $15 gift cards to local supermarkets, turkey gravy, 5-pound bags of potatoes, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, 1-pound bags of carrots, 29-ounce cans of sweet potatoes, brown sugar, miniature marshmallows, brown-and-serve rolls, frozen whipped topping, bags of baking apples, containers of cinnamon, and margarine or butter. Dolan noted that perishable items should be dated past Thanksgiving, which will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 23.

"We combined forces with the (Solanco) School District last year and gave out 120 meals," Dolan recalled. "We are expecting to give out a similar number this year."

Christmas basket requests will be accepted beginning on Friday, Dec. 1, and folks must register by Friday, Dec. 15. Baskets may be picked up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the SNMinistries office. The Christmas food wish list is posted at www.solanconeighborhoodministries.org.

SNMinistries is the sign-up location for the Solanco Toy Drive. The deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 8. Approved clients will receive vouchers to shop for Christmas gifts for their children at Nickel Mine Floor Covering, 359 Buck Road, Quarryville, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 16.

A heating assistance matching program will be offered again this winter.

"SNMinistries will match one time up to $350 what families put toward their own fuel," Dolan said. She noted that clients will be required to apply for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) first, but LIHEAP benefits will not be matched. Only personal funds will be matched. About 40 households were assisted last year.

Starting on Wednesday, Nov. 15, local pastors and other religious persons will hold "office hours" at SNMinistries to chat, listen, and offer spiritual guidance to anyone who chooses. The pastors will be available every Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m., for drop-in visits at no charge. The interactions will be confidential and will take place in a private area of the SNMinistries office.

"This is not professional counseling, but if you need someone to talk with or encouragement, stop in," Dolan said.

Pastors, members of church outreach teams, elders, and deacons are welcome to sign up for a Wednesday shift. Pastors who have volunteered so far include Bob Bistline, Ben Miller, John Hartman, and Misty Wintsch.

SNMinistries is 100 percent supported by donations, and financial contributions are tax-deductible, Dolan said. Online giving will soon be offered on the SNMinistries website. For individuals who wish to give immediately in a tangible way, there is a need for disposable diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6. SNMinistries has partnered with the Quarryville WIC office to provide diapers and wipes for families that receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) vouchers, which do not cover diaper supplies.

Donations may be dropped off at the SNMinistries office. To learn more, readers may visit www.solanconeighborhoodministries.org, call 717-786-4308, or email office@SNMinistries.org. The organization also has a Facebook page.

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Food Pantry Seeks Donations, Volunteers November 8, 2017

The Twin Valley Food Pantry (TVFP), an outreach ministry of Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St. (Route 23), Morgantown, is seeking donations of Thanksgiving turkeys to be given to client families during the pantry's food distribution on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

According to Carol and Howard Moss, food pantry directors, the monthly food distribution, generally held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, will be held on the third Tuesday in November. This will ensure that families receive food in time for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 23. This year, the pantry is hoping to provide every client family with a turkey.

"We are needing approximately 180 turkeys this year and currently have a commitment for 130, (so we) still need 50 more," Howard reported.

Smaller turkeys - between 12 and 14 pounds - are requested, and they should be frozen, rather than fresh.

Those who wish to donate a turkey are asked to email Howard at hamoss@ptd.net. Due to limited freezer space at the TVFP, donors are asked to hold the turkey in their own freezers until distribution day on Nov. 21 and then bring the turkey to the church beginning at 9 a.m.

About 60 volunteers work at the monthly food distributions, which are held from 5 to 7 p.m. For the Thanksgiving food distribution on Nov. 21, 80 volunteers are needed and they are asked to meet at the church at 3 p.m. Volunteers help with setup, distribution and cleanup. The work is usually completed around 8:15 p.m.

Each month, TVFP clients receive a free hot meal when picking up their food items. For November, a Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and vegetables, will be served, as well as hot dogs. Volunteers are asked to bring any of the following items to the dinner: yams, vegetables, macaroni and potato salads, coleslaw and desserts. Volunteers can also bring beverages, such as lemonade, punch and soda. Individuals are asked to contact Kathleen Weaver at kmw54_405@hotmail.com if they can bring any of the items to share.

"Most of the clients stick around to eat," Howard noted, adding that the meal is served to both clients and volunteers throughout the evening.

In the TVFP's monthly newsletter, the Mosses reported that in October, the TVFP served 145 families, representing 555 people. More than 70 volunteers from the community worked at the distribution, during which approximately 16,000 pounds of food, personal health and hygiene items were distributed.

The TVFP, which primarily serves families in the Twin Valley School District, opened at Conestoga Mennonite Church in Morgantown in 2009 after being located at Morgantown Methodist Church for more than 15 years. "We have now distributed over 1 million pounds (of food) since we opened at Conestoga," Howard stated.

The TVFP is seeking financial contributions, as well as donations of food and other items. Items can be dropped off at the Conestoga Mennonite Church office on Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who cannot drop off food donations at the designated times may schedule a time to donate by emailing Howard at hamoss@ptd.net.

Items that are needed by the pantry include sugar, cereal, paper products, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap and bars of soap, as well as beverages such as soda, water and fruit juices that do not require refrigeration. Fresh vegetables, fruits and eggs are always welcome a few days before a distribution.

For more information about the pantry, including volunteer opportunities, readers may email Howard, call the church office at 610-286-9124 or visit www.twinvalleyfoodpantry.org.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items November 8, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sales will be offered on women's sweaters and men's and women's coats.

Hats, scarves, gloves and boots will be available for men, women and children. Infant, toddler and children's clothes, including outerwear, will also be available.

The new Christmas shop includes decorations, ornaments, gift items, 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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Church To Launch Food Pantry November 8, 2017

Immanuel Evangelical Free Church, 1140 Witmer Road, York, has announced that a food pantry will launch on Monday, Nov. 20. It will be open on Mondays and on the last Saturday of each month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and will be closed on holidays.

The purpose of the food bank is to reach the community through God's love.

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Clothing Ministry Will Open Doors November 1, 2017

Shining Light Ministries ... Send It On, a clothing ministry of Winterstown United Methodist Church, will open its doors to the public on Friday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its warehouse location, in the rear of 401 E. Locust St., Dallastown. Christmas in Dallastown will also take place throughout the area on Saturday.

In addition to clothing and seasonal items, household goods, linens, books, and more will be available. For more details, readers may call Pat Beck at 717-818-2189.

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Hope's Closet Will Offer Clothing November 1, 2017

On Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hope's Closet will be open at Pathway Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York. Hope's Closet will offer a large selection of women's sweaters and men's and women's coats, all at special savings. Clothes for infants, toddlers, and children - including outerwear - will also be available. The children's room has been expanded to include games, books, more toys, and other items.

Attendees may also visit the new Christmas shop to see a large array of decorations, ornaments, gift items, and more.

Free clothing items will be available for all ages. Free food items and bread will also be available.

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

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Community Invited To Donate To Boxes Of Love Program October 25, 2017

Last year, Trinity Assembly of God (AG) Church in West Chester distributed 508 complete Thanksgiving meals to families in need as part of its annual Boxes of Love program. This year, the church is looking to increase that number and is seeking help from the community.

"We're going for a record this year - 700 boxes," said Trinity AG pastor Jimmy Smuda. "We will take care of the turkeys, but we want people to drop off those (side dishes)."

From now through Sunday, Nov. 12, the community may donate any of the following nonperishable food items to be placed in the boxes: canned items such as corn, green beans, fruit, cranberry sauce and yams; instant mashed potatoes and gravy; boxed stuffing; pumpkin pie filling; and instant pie crust.

The food donations can brought to Trinity AG, 1022 Pottstown Pike (Route 100), West Chester, and placed in the waterproof food collection bins that are located just outside the church office.

"If they want to donate one of each (item), that will fill an entire box," noted Caleb Gudgeon, Trinity Compassionate Ministries director. "For those who don't want to go out and buy items and drop them off, they can give online on our website, www.trinityag.org."

Currently, 700 empty cardboard boxes line the sanctuary at Trinity AG. They will be packed right after the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service on Nov. 19. "We will have an assembly line to fill the boxes," Gudgeon noted.

Those who need a Thanksgiving food box are asked to contact the church at 610-692-1897 by Thursday, Nov. 16, and provide their name, a phone number, an address and the number of people in the household. No proof of income is required.

Since Thanksgiving is on Thursday, Nov. 23, some of the boxes will be delivered to the local families by volunteer drivers on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 20 and 21. "(The fact that we deliver the boxes) is helpful for people who don't have cars or transportation (to the church)," said Gudgeon, noting that other boxes will be delivered by the church's partners to sites in Philadelphia and in Wilmington, Del.

"It's not just a drop off and run. We (enjoy) getting to talk to (the recipients) and getting to meet them. We want it to be personal," said Gudgeon. "Our goal is to share the love of Jesus with them through these boxes. That is our main goal. Whether they come to our church or go to another church, it's not about the numbers and trying to get people into our church. It's about showing the love of Jesus."

Smuda said the increase in the Boxes of Love goal to 700 is meant to meet a growing need for food in the community. He added that the effort could not happen without people who are willing to donate items and the volunteers, who donate their time by helping to pack the boxes and deliver them. "We have a lot of people in the community who want to help, and there are tangible ways," he stated.

In addition to the annual Thanksgiving effort, the church operates the Joseph's Closet food bank. Donations of nonperishable food items are accepted at the church year-round.

For additional information about Trinity AG or the Boxes of Love program, readers may call 610-692-1897, email calebgudgeon@trinityag.org or visit www.trinityag.org or www.facebook.com/TrinityAGWC.

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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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