By Kurston Smith – Intern
With the holidays fast approaching, local charities are stepping up their giving efforts to ensure everyone can enjoy the season.
The Caring Place, a food pantry in Madison, is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving food giveaway on Friday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m.
“We are living in a community that supports families when they are in need,” Nancy Pluckhahn, volunteer director of The Madison-Morgan Caring Place. “We have been open for 22 years, almost 23 years. That’s a long time and people have supported us the entire time. It speaks for the county. We all care about each other.”
Since the organization’s opening in 1997, the Madison-Morgan Caring Place has played a huge role in the local community.
Every week, volunteers get together to distribute food boxes to those who are in need.
Struggling families are especially in need during the holidays.
Pluckhahn is happy to report this year’s Thanksgiving boxes will be “nice and full.”
This year the Caring Place will give out food boxes containing traditional Thanksgiving foods, juices and drinks, as well as bread and candy.
According to Pluckhahn, the Caring Place averages 200 boxes of food on a normal week.
But for Thanksgiving week, the Caring Place is assembling close to 400 boxes ready to distribute to needy families.
There will be two different size boxes for food donations. The first size will feed a family of four and comes with one turkey, stuffing mixes, cans of green beans and fruit as well as fresh sweet potatoes.
Also included will be fruits and breads, along with juices and other refreshments.
The second and largest box will be for a family of 5 or more.
It will have a turkey as well as a ham and a few extra boxes of stuffing and cans of beans, drinks and candy.
Anything left over from the Thanksgiving boxes will be sorted through appropriately and used in the future. The Caring Place in Madison operates strictly off of donations, volunteer work, and the community’s support.
The Madison-Morgan Caring Place is located at 1140 Monticello Rd, Suite 400 in Madison, Georgia.
If you or anyone you know who may be in need this holiday season, head over to the Caring Place on Friday morning, Nov. 22. At 9 a.m.
To find out more information about this event or how you can volunteer or donate to the Caring Place, call (706) 342-9861.