Our Opinion: Extend tradition of helping to meet persistent needs

An organization dedicated to spiritual sustenance is joining an effort to meet basic food and health care needs in the community.

The Ministerial Alliance will host a food drive from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday and again on Aug. 7 at the Samaritan Center, which will be the beneficiary of the items collected. The center is located at 1310 E. McCarty St.

Donors are being asked to contribute non-perishable food items, hygiene products, paper towels, tissues, diapers, baby wipes or money.

Supplies are dwindling at the Samaritan Center’s food pantry, with demand showing no signs of abating.

The center assists more than 100 families with basic needs each day, according to Marylyn DeFeo, the volunteer executive director, who said she has never witnessed “such demand on our services for so long.”

Characterizing the need for non-perishable food as “desperate,” DeFeo added, “especially foods that children may be able to fix for themselves at home. Really, we need nutritious food of any kind.”

Also needed are fundamental supplies for the center’s medical clinic, open from 4-6 p.m. on Thursdays.

The basics include Band-Aids, Neosporin, gauze, aspirin and other supplies.

Clinic Coordinator Andrea Pauley pointed out that although medications are dispensed by clinic physicians, “we are just asking for the items they need on hand to run the clinic.”

The Samaritan Center also is in need of volunteers to assist in a variety of roles. Additional information can be obtained by calling 634-7776.

Our community has a rich history of reaching out and helping people.

With basic needs proving persistent, we encourage everyone who is able to perpetuate the tradition of caring.


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