MOUNT VERNON — Plans are under way for the 30th annual Christmas in July event. Scheduled for Saturday, July 13, Christmas in July is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Mount Vernon and Knox County and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The goal for Christmas in July 2013 has been set at $25,000 in combined cash and nonperishable food items. The food drive benefits the food pantries of Interchurch Social Services located in Centerburg, Danville, Fredericktown and Mount Vernon.

“We were very busy in 2012,” said ISS executive director Joy Harris, “and, at times, struggled to keep the pantry shelves stocked. We order most of our food products from Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Like the local grocery, their costs rose which, of course, was passed on to us, the consumer. While they searched for more cost-effective sources for pantry staples, there were times when the basics were not available to us. We supplemented with trips to Aldis and were ever grateful for our local food drives.”

Major events like Food for the Hungry and Christmas in July continue to be of great importance in keeping the pantries well stocked. An average of 730 households each month, or 8,771 for the year, received pantry service in 2012. Each household receives enough food to feed their family for three or four days, which bridges the gap at the end of the month when ether resources run short.

“Christmas in July is a wonderful opportunity for the local community to support the hungry in Knox County,” Harris said. Residents may bring nonperishable food or monetary donations to collection sites throughout the county. Suggested donations include boxed diners, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, canned chicken, spaghetti sauce, noodles, soups and personal care items. Every dollar donated provides three meals.

Centerburg collections sites, from 9 a.m. to noon are: Centerburg Interchurch/Twice Treasured Thrift Shop, Centerburg Post Office, Dollar General, Hometown Market and the village gazebo.

Danville area, cash donations only, July 8 through 13: Valley General Store, Killbuck Savings Bank in Apple Valley and Danville, Brinkhaven Post Office, Dale’s Cardinal Market, Danville Post Office, Lonsinger Pharmacy, Lyon’s Den. First-Knox National Bank, Howard Post Office and Spearman’s Restaurant. Danville Interchurch will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept both food and monetary donations.

Fredericktown Interchurch and Haldeman’s Fresh Foods will accept donations from 9 a.m. to noon. Dollar General will accept donations on July 12, 13 and 14; and the Fredericktown Community Library will accept donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 13.

In Gambier, donations may be dropped off at the Village Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mount Vernon collection sites, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be at the First Baptist Church, Kroger, Lanning’s Foods, Neff’s, Walmart and the Interchurch office. Monetary donations will also be accepted that morning at the Farmers Market on Public Square.

Checks should be made payable to “Christmas in July-ISS” and may also be mailed to P.O. Box 1052, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

For more information call 397-4825.



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