MOUNT VERNON — Plans are under way for the 29th annual Christmas in July event. Scheduled for Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas in July is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Mount Vernon and Knox County and the Community Relations Division of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
The food drive benefits the food pantries of Interchurch Social Services located in Centerburg, Danville, Fredericktown and Mount Vernon. The goal for Christmas in July 2012 has been set at $25,000 in combined cash and nonperishable food items.
Soroptimist International is the largest classified service club for women in the world. Each year the local club works toward projects in support of six Soroptimist goals of service. Those goals are: Economic and social development, education, environment, health, human rights and the status of women, and international good will. Over $200,000 has been raised and donated to support local service projects since the club was founded in 1956.
An average of 545 households sought pantry assistance each month in 2010. In 2011, an average of 661 households sought pantry assistance each month. Over 770 children each month had the food they needed to be able to play and learn. Through May 2012, the average number of households receiving assistance has risen to 709.
Christmas in July is an opportunity for the local community to support the hungry in Knox County. Residents may bring nonperishable food or monetary donations to collection sites throughout the county. Suggested donations include boxed dinners, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna and canned chicken, spaghetti sauce, noodles, soups and personal care items. Checks should be made payable to “Christmas in July-ISS” and may also be mailed to P.O. Box 1052, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Every dollar donated provides three meals. For more information call 397-4825. The following are collection sites:
•Centerburg service area, 9 a.m. to noon — Centerburg Interchurch/Twice Treasured Thrift Shop, Centerburg Post Office, Dollar General, Hometown Market and Village Gazebo.
•Danville/East Knox Service Area, through Saturday:
Apple Valley — Valley General Store and Killbuck Savings Bank.
Brinkhaven — Brinkhaven Post Office.
Danville — Dale’s Cardinal Market, Danville Post Office, Lonsinger Pharmacy, Lyon’s Den, First-Knox National Bank and Killbuck Savings Bank.
Howard — Howard Post Office.
Millwood — Spearman’s Restaurant.
•Danville Interchurch will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., accepting food and monetary donations.
•Fredericktown Service Area, 9 a.m. to noon — Fredericktown Interchurch and Haldeman’s Fresh Foods.
Dollar General will accept donations through Sunday.
Fredericktown Public Library will accept donations Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•Mount Vernon Service Area, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
Mount Vernon — Farmers Market on Public Square, only 9 a.m. to noon; First Baptist Church, Edgewood Road; Kroger; Lanning’s Foods; Mount Vernon Interchurch; Neff’s; and Walmart.
•Gambier — Village Market.
WNZR, the Lifeline, 90.9 FM, will broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon from Neff’s Cardinal Market, 524 S. Main St.
Published on July 13, 2012