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Help Holiday This How to by Samantha Taylor Last issue, we helped you get in the giving spirit early by sharing what local nonprofits need in the months before holiday giving begins in earnest. Now, the green-and-red rubber is meeting the road, and it’s time to help our local charities make the holidays merry for neighbors in need. From serving meals to sponsoring a wish list for a child in foster care, there are dozens of ways, both big and small, that you can make a difference. CHRISTIAN SHARING CENTER WHAT DO THEY DO? The Christian Sharing Center is focused on preventing hunger and homelessness for families and individuals in crisis. Thanksgiving food distribution will be on November 16 and 18. Christmas meals and kids’ shoe distribution will be on December 15, 20, and 22. WHAT THEY NEED: To find out how you can help with any or all of these deliveries, contact Dan Ryan, director of client services, at 407-691- 3114. The Sharing Center hopes to feed 300 families and 100 homeless individuals/families for Thanksgiving and another 500 families and 100 homeless for Christmas. Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 600 North U.S. Hwy. 17-92 in Longwood. Donations can be dropped off at the back door - and you don’t even have to get out of the car! THANKSGIVING These are the items you can donate that will help: For Families: • Stuffing • Green beans • Potatoes • Packaged gravy • Jell-O • Broth • Sugar • Coffee/tea • Evaporated milk • Canned pumpkin • Cranberry sauce • Marshmallows • Pie crust • Jiffy mix • Cake mix and frosting • $10 grocery gift cards CHRISTMAS For Families: • Boxed stuffing • Boxed scalloped or au gratin potatoes • Canned green beans, corn, and fruit • Boxed cake mix • Canned frosting • Boxed Jell-O • A can or packet of gravy • Bags or boxes of coffee or tea • Plastic jars of mustard and mayonnaise • $10 grocery gift cards For the Homeless: • Pop-top canned ham • Pop-top canned baked beans • Pop-top canned vegetables • Pouches of instant potatoes • Single-serve fruit cups and pudding cups • Packets of hot chocolate and instant coffee • Plastic utensils and napkins For the Homeless: • Canned ham • Pop-top beans • Pop-top veggies • Instant potatoes • Pop-top fruit • Ready-to-eat pudding/Jell-O • Beef jerky • Hot chocolate • Instant coffee • Sports drinks • Bottled water • Can opener • Plastic utensils • Napkins • Toiletries The Sharing Center will need extra volunteer help around the holidays and will have opportunities for group volunteer projects. Contact Patricia Shields, volunteer manager, at 407-691-3138 for more details. 136 | Lake Mary Life • November/December 2016 Christian HELP WHAT DO THEY DO? The nonprofit Christian HELP has helped the unemployed and underemployed find jobs in Central Florida for the past 24 years. WHAT THEY NEED: Toys can be dropped off at 450 Seminola Boulevard, Casselberry. If you would like to volunteer they can also contact the office at 407-834-4022.