Donations are needed

The Augusta Community Caring Center has an urgent need for financial donations.  The purpose of the Augusta Community Caring Center is to provide assistance with food and clothing, and is supported by local residents and churches.
“We haven’t been able to help people with utility bills and now it’s beginning to impact our ability to stock the pantry,” advised John Pilcher, director of the local non-profit facility.
Donations of money, clothing and food are all needed and deeply appreciated, but volunteers are needed, too.
The Center has an arrangement with the Kansas Food Bank to pick up donated items from the Augusta Dillons and Walmart stores.  The donated items can include bread, meat, dairy, produce, and canned goods.  
“We could use a couple more people to pickup the items.  They really need to have a van or truck and able to lift 50 to 60 pounds,” Pilcher said.
Pilcher explained that they expect donations to increase during the holidays, but hope that the donations last six months or better.
Collecting and providing toys for families at Christmas is another important service provided by the Caring Center.  Residents, businesses, groups and organizations can sign up to give toys until Nov. 27th.  Unwrapped gifts should be at the Caring Center by 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 and the distribution will be on Dec. 16, at Christ Lutheran Church.
“It’s good to support missions at church and across the nation, but I hope everyone remembers those in our own backyards and right across the street, or on the other side of town.  Let’s not forget them,” Pilcher added.
Visit the Community Caring Center at 208 W. Fourth St., or phone 316-775-3342.