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Hope's Closet To Offer Items July 12, 2018

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

Hope's Closet will hold its semiannual bag sale; there will be a set price per bag for all women's, men's and children's clothing in July. The sale will not include shoes, accessories and jeans.

Shoppers may browse a variety of women's tops, shorts, capris, slacks, dresses, skirts and light jackets, including many plus-size items. Men's shirts, shorts, and slacks will be available. Sales will be offered on men's shoes.

In addition to clothing, the children's area will include books, games, toys, and more. Household items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, including small scale furniture. Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items. Attendees may enter a giveaway drawing for the Hello Summer basket, which includes gift items and a gift card.

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

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Lions Club's Collection Supports Food Pantry July 2, 2018

The Susquehanna Lions Club held its ninth "Fill the Truck" food drive for the Northeastern Food Pantry on June 22 to 24. This year, shoppers at the Giant Food Store in Manchester donated 5,160 items for the food pantry. Lions Nevin Weirich and Art Kasper helped to pack 209 boxes of nonperishable items for the food panty this year.

On behalf of the Northeastern Food Pantry, the Susquehanna Lions Club recognizes those who donated to the successful fundraiser. The club's motto is "We Serve."

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Caring Cupboard Sets Lunch Program June 28, 2018

The Caring Cupboard, 131 N. Railroad St., Palmyra, is offering its third annual Summer Lunch Program, which will run through Friday, Aug. 24.

One out of every five children in the Palmyra and Annville-Cleona school districts receives free or reduced-cost lunches during the school year. The Caring Cupboard aims to support all families in these school districts that qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches. The Summer Lunch Program provides five days' worth of breakfast and lunch items every week to the families who need them.

This year's annual Summer Lunch Food Drive took place on June 9. Volunteers set up tables at local grocery stores to collect donations, and donations were received from local businesses. Overall, the food drive collected more than 5,000 pounds of food and $800 in funds.

Sydney Kwiatkowski, a local 8-year-old, distributed flyers at three local developments, and Noah Ulrich, age 6, built, painted, and sold Nativity scene figurines to raise more than $850 for the Summer Lunch Program.

The Caring Cupboard is a community food pantry located in Palmyra, serving roughly 135 families weekly. Support for this venture is garnered by donations of product and funds from churches, businesses, civic organizations, and individuals.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items June 26, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hope's Closet will hold its semiannual bag sale; there will be a set price per bag for all women's, men's and children's clothing in July. The sale will not include shoes, accessories and jeans.

Shoppers may browse a variety of women's tops, shorts, capris, slacks, dresses, skirts and light jackets, including many plus-size items. Men's shirts, shorts, and slacks will be available. Sales will be offered on men's shoes.

In addition to clothing, the children's area will include books, games, toys, and more. Household items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, including small scale furniture. Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items. Attendees may enter a giveaway drawing for the Hello Summer basket, which includes gift items and a gift card.

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

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Clothes Closet To Open Doors June 20, 2018

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, July 7. Free clothing, shoes, and coats will be available for infants through adult size XXL. All items are clean, and some are new.

Donations of men's and children's clothing in all sizes are needed, especially boys' clothing in sizes 6 to 20. For more details, readers may call 717-927-9497, email stjamesbrogue@outlook.com, or visit https://stjamesbrogue.wixsite.com/home.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items June 7, 2018

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

June is Father's and Men's month at Hope's Closet. Sales will be offered on all men's apparel, including shoes. All men will receive a free gift and an opportunity to win a basket. Gifts for men will be available.

Sales will be offered on women's separates including tops, skirts, dresses, jeans, shorts, slacks, and capris.

The children's area will include clothes, books, games, toys, and more. Household items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, including small scale furniture. Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items.

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

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items May 23, 2018

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

The June event will focus on fathers and men of all ages, with gifts for fathers and sales offered on all men's apparel. In addition, a free cloth bag will be given to all who make a purchase of a set minimum amount.

Additionally, there will be a selection of women's separates, such as tops, skirts, dresses, jeans, shorts, slacks, and capris in sizes from extra-small to 4X. The newly expanded children's area includes clothes, books, games, toys, and more. Household items include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and more, and the newly expanded home decor section features small-scale furniture.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items, including bread.

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

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Barbecue To Support Martic Pantry May 22, 2018

Martic Pantry will benefit from proceeds of a chicken barbecue, which will be held at Martic Store, 561 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, on Saturday, June 2. The sale will run from 10:30 a.m. until sold out. Chicken, beverages, chips, and whoopie pies will be sold.

All proceeds will benefit Martic Pantry, which assists local families in need with free groceries each month. Readers may call 717-923-0561 for more information.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items May 9, 2018

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

May is Mother's and Ladies' Month at Hope's Closet. All ladies will receive a free gift and an opportunity to win a basket. Gifts for ladies will be available.

Sales will be offered on all fresh ladies' spring and summer tops, skirts, pants, shorts, dresses, and suits. A wide selection of spring and summer fashions for men will be available.

The children's area includes clothes, books, games, toys, and more. Household items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, including small-scale furniture. Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items.

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

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items April 25, 2018

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

May is Mother's and Ladies' Month at Hope's Closet. All ladies will receive a free gift and an opportunity to win a basket. Gifts for mothers will be available for purchase. Sales will be offered on women's spring and summer tops, skirts, pants, shorts, dresses and suits. A wide selection of spring and summer clothing for men will be available.

The children's area includes clothes, books, games, toys, and more. Household items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, including small scale furniture. Free clothing items are available for people of all ages, along with free food items.

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

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Clothing, Household Items Will Be Available April 18, 2018

Shining Light Ministries, 401 E. Locust St., Dallastown, will offer clothing and household items to community members in need this year. The ministry is affiliated with Winterstown United Methodist Church.

Volunteers are needed to sort, fold, hang, and display the donations of items that the organization receives. Volunteer hours typically occur on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Shining Light Ministries will offer items to the public five more times this year. Items are available for a nominal fee. Any funds received go toward operating expenses, and all proceeds beyond these expenses go to various outreach projects.

Items will be available for purchase on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: April 27, April 28, June 8, June 9, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Oct. 19, Oct. 20, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

For more information, readers may contact Pat at 717-818-2189.

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Donations Benefit Food Bank April 6, 2018

St. John's Lutheran Church in Maytown observed the season of Lent by collecting food for the East Donegal/Conoy Christian Food Bank. This year's collection focused on peanut butter and jelly, which are provided to all of the food bank's clients every time they pay a visit.

The parish's Social Ministry Committee sponsored the drive, and Betty Henny was noted for her efforts to shop for food. On Easter Monday, 503 jars were taken to the food bank via vehicles driven by pastor Bob Lescallette and deacon George McConnell. The food was presented to food bank president and St. John member Pat Vogel. The supply is expected to last about three or four months.

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Volunteers Needed For Meal-Packing Event March 15, 2018

In February, Lora Mangus Wenger visited Real Hope for Haiti (RHFH), which partners with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to rehabilitate malnourished children by providing meals to families and teaching them the importance of regular, consistent nutrition.

"For the most severely malnourished, the children are admitted to the RHFH clinic and may stay for six to 18 months until they are fully healthy again. Many of these children are close to death, suffering from parasitic infections, tuberculosis, and malaria, but with consistent care, they fully recover and return to their families well," Wenger said. "On behalf of these children and thousands of others around the world, thank you for supporting the FMSC MobilePack. Every prayer, person, and penny count in the effort to alleviate world hunger."

Wenger is the chairperson for the Lancaster County FMSC MobilePack, which has been hosted by her congregation, Willow Street Mennonite Church, 399 E. Penn Grant Road, Willow Street, for several years. The fifth such event will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 6, 7, and 8. Two-hour shifts will be held throughout the weekend, and folks may sign up at www.fmsc.org/mobilepack/events.

During the MobilePack, volunteers will portion raw ingredients into MannaPacks, which FMSC will ship to partners around the world. There will be a variety of work, which will range from very active to stationary. Folks may be seated to perform some of the tasks. At least 1,500 people are needed to cover all of the shifts. Many of the slots have been filled, but more than 100 remain.

"The community is very supportive, as they snatched up the volunteer slots far more quickly than expected, even after increasing from 200,000 meals last year to 300,000 meals this year and increasing our volunteer slots from 1,000 to 1,500," Wenger observed. "Additional volunteer openings often arise within two to three weeks of the event as last-minute plans change."

There is no cost to participate in the MobilePack, although participants are asked to raise funds to cover the cost of the meals that they will assemble. Donations are also welcome and may be made at the aforementioned website. Nearly $67,000 is needed for this year's event, and just under half that amount has been donated so far. A fundraising event for the MobilePack will be held at Isaac's Restaurant, 226 Gap Road, Strasburg, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, through April 8. Coupons for the fundraiser, through which 25 percent of purchases made with the coupon will be donated to the MobilePack, may be picked up at the church.

For more information about the Lancaster County FMSC MobilePack, readers may call the church at 717-464-2422.

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Clothing, Household Items Will Be Available March 6, 2018

Shining Light Ministries, 401 E. Locust St., Dallastown, will offer clothing and household items to community members in need this year. The ministry is affiliated with Winterstown United Methodist Church.

Volunteers are needed to sort, fold, hang, and display the donations of items that the organization receives. Volunteer hours typically occur on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Shining Light Ministries will offer items to the public six times this year. Items are available for a nominal fee. Any funds received go toward operating expenses, and all proceeds beyond these expenses go to various outreach projects.

Items will be available for purchase on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: March 16, March 17, April 27, April 28, June 8, June 9, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Oct. 19, Oct. 20, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. In the case of snow on March 16 and 17, the ministry will be open on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24.

For more information, readers may contact Pat at 717-818-2189.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items February 21, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sales will be offered on men's and women's sweaters in sizes extra small to 3X. The Easter shop will offer decorative items, gifts, refillable eggs, and stuffed animals. The children's area includes clothes, books, games, toys, and more. Household items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, including small scale furniture. Free clothing items are available for people of all ages, along with free food items and bread.

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

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"Feed America" Program Launched Locally February 15, 2018

The Feed America program is now available in southern York County to benefit those needing help with obtaining food assistance. The Feed America program distributes food nationwide to local community members who are in need of nutrition assistance. The program is free of charge, and there is no sign-up or enrollment required.

In southern York County, the food is supplied by a local superstore and is distributed to the community by St. John Lutheran Church in New Freedom, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hametown, and Christ Lutheran Church in Shrewsbury. Members of the community who would like to participate can collect groceries from noon to 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church on Mondays, St. Paul Lutheran Church on Wednesdays, and Christ Lutheran Church every other Friday starting Friday, Feb. 23.

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Church Sets Clothes Closet, Quilting February 14, 2018

St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, has posted its upcoming events.

The church will open its Community Clothes Closet on Saturday, March 3, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Free clothing, shoes, and coats will be available for infants through adult size XXL. All items are clean, some are new. Attendees are also invited to a free breakfast in the social hall.

The church will offer its Monday Morning Quilt Group on March 5. Those who enjoy quilting or would like to learn are welcome to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to show and tell about their work and participate in a problem-solving discussion on works in progress. No sewing is done at the meetings.

For more information, readers may contact the church office at 717-927-9497, visit www.stjamesbrogue.org or email stjamesbrogue@outlook.com.

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Church Donates To Food Bank February 14, 2018

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Food Pantry Seeks Volunteers February 7, 2018

Twin Valley Food Pantry (TVFP), an outreach ministry of Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St. (Route 23), Morgantown, is in need of volunteers to work at the upcoming food distribution, to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, volunteers are sought to stock the pantry prior to the distribution.

Adult volunteers, as well as high school students, can help stock the pantry following the delivery of food by the Greater Berks Food Bank and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank on Wednesday, Feb. 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Stocking volunteers work for approximately two hours.

On distribution day, volunteers will meet at the church at 3 p.m. About 85 volunteers are needed for the evening for setup, distribution and cleanup. The work is usually completed at approximately 8:30 p.m.

As with all distribution days, food pantry clients will also enjoy a homemade meal. On Feb. 27, soups, chili and hot dogs will be served. Volunteers are needed to supply soup and chili, along with crackers, grated cheese and other toppings. Donations of beverages, including lemonade, punch and soda, are also needed.

For more information on how to contribute to the dinner, readers may email meal coordinator Kathleen Weaver at kmw54_405@hotmail.com.

In the monthly food pantry newsletter, Howard Moss, who runs the pantry along with his wife, Carol, reported that in January, the TVFP served 142 families, representing 571 people.

"We are seeing a steady need in our community, and our numbers increased considerably during the end of the year for 2017," Moss stated. "We have also seen a change with more seniors and children (benefiting from) the service this past year. We are seeing more clients coming from Reading - many only speaking Spanish. Joining our volunteer team are Spanish translators that have helped us immensely. In December 2017, we served 186 families, setting a record since we opened."

He noted that more than 75 volunteers from the community worked at the January event, during which approximately 15,000 pounds of food, personal health and hygiene items were distributed.

The TVFP 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 since we opened at Conestoga," Moss reported.

The pantry is also 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 Moss 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 Moss, call the church office at 610-286-9124 or visit www.twinvalleyfoodpantry.org or www.facebook.com/twinvalleyfoodpantry.org.

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Church Offers Food Pantry February 6, 2018

Spry Church, 50 School St., York, offers a Food Pantry to those in need. Interested individuals may contact the church office at 717-741-1429 by Wednesday each week to receive assistance. Food pickup is available on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For individuals unable to pick up food on Thursday mornings, the Food Pantry will be open on the second Monday evening of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. To reserve a food box for a Monday evening, readers may call the previously mentioned phone number.

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