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The Christmas Bureau, which served the community for decades, ended last year with the job of providing food for the needy at Christmas-time being turned over to two entities this year: Whitley County Salvation Army and Eagle Quest Church.
The two groups are now working diligently to gather donations for food for those families in need.
The Whitley County Community Foundation has promised to match up to $2,500 of donations which makes each donation given by the community worth double.
Working through Angel Food Ministries, Pat Mossburg of the Salvation Army says a $31 donation will feed a family of four for a week, or this year, two families.
â€śWe need funds as quickly as possible to meet this need,â€ť Mossburg said. â€śWe know this community wants to help out.â€ť
They hope to feed 300 families this year, which would require $10,000, and donations need to be in by Monday if they are to be a part of the matching grant.
â€śIâ€™m getting nervous about this,â€ť Mossburg said. â€śWe have a huge deficit.â€ť
Anyone wanting to donate should make checks payable to Angel Food Ministries, memo: â€śChristmas Food.â€ť They can be mailed to Eagle Quest Church at 1120 N. St. Rd. 109, Columbia City, IN 46725; or donations may be dropped off at the Salvation Army in the church from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Wednesday and again on Monday.
For more information, call the Salvation Army at 248-1711.