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A new organization for those in need

Maybe you haven’t run into Karen Jones recently and haven’t heard about the organization “Love Thy Neighbor,” but if you haven’t, now is the time!
“The Community is coming together to expand its outreach to help our neighbors in need. Friends, neighbors, businesses and organizations are doing what they can to help each other in a new, combined way. It’s called “Love Thy Neighbor”. Descending Dove Christian Center is organizing this effort currently and asks for your help,” said Karen. “Many of our own neighbors are struggling to pay for basic necessities such as food, utilities and prescriptions.  We can’t do everything… but we can do something!”
That help might be as simple as joining a group of seniors’ “Circle of Friends” who contact each other to be sure they are OK. Maybe they need a ride, or a friendly voice to talk to. You might be the one for that group.
Maybe you want to donate food at one of the locations already identified in King George – or maybe you want to be a donation stop during someone’s busy day.
Maybe you just want to make a donation of food or money to help build a food bank right in King George which could help people in need.
Karen believes that everyone’s life is a journey and that we all have blessings to share with each other. She wants us all to use the gifts which have been given us to help others and to enrich our own lives. Certainly the giver of gifts reaps the satisfaction of giving just as does the receiver of the gift.
To make that journey better for everyone  once a month, “Love Thy Neighbor ” is beginning a  Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen at the King George Citizens  Center which is open to everyone.
If you are in need of a friendly, uplifting experience where you will be treated to good food, good company, and good music, this monthly affair will help lift your spirits, which will benefit our entire community.
The King George Board of Supervisors in a magnanimous gesture has provided the use of the Citizens Center to “Love Thy Neighbor” for no fee, a gesture which benefits the entire community.  
The first event will be a Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 3-5 p.m. at the Citizens Center. At that time everyone will be welcome to sit and enjoy at hot meal of homemade soup and take home some free groceries. Love Thy Neighbor is planning to provide services to 100-200 families in December.  The more donations they receive they more people they can help have fresh foods to with a good selection to take home after the hot lunch..
They will also have a coat giveaway, free haircuts, and blood pressure checks by nursing students from Germanna Community College. More events will be added as time goes along.
They would love for people to donate to the “goodie bags” which people can take home for Christmas. This might include gas cards, socks, scarves, gloves, hat or anything else you can imagine.
Some of the ways your family or group might help include: A one-time or on-going food drive; donations of paper products for the meal; your choir or group providing the music; set up and clean-up an hour before and after the event; prepare the meal; collect gift items /cards for Christmas or monthly; $25 a month or a  one-time  monetary gift.
If all this sounds ambitious, you don’t know Karen and  her drive to help people help themselves and others. You can contact her about joining the group to make it a real outreach in the King George Community by calling her at (540) 645-7331.
The Journal is now a location for the food drive/food pantry. If you have a donation, just drop by our office in The Journal building at 10250 Kings Highway, lower level. Or bring non-perishable food items to Unique House or Rocky Top and monetary donations to The King George House of Pizza,  or any Union First Market Bank. Items they would like to have available to give to those in need each month include: Non-perishable items for breakfast, lunch and dinner – oatmeal, cereal, breakfast bars, peanut butter and jelly, soup, canned tuna, chicken, and salmon, chicken/tuna helper, rice, beans, pasta and sauce. Also, personal hygiene items such as shampoo, soap and deodorant, toilet paper and diapers. Laundry detergent and all-purpose cleaning products are also needed.
Love Thy Neighbor is so thankful for the Community coming together to support this Project. You may also mail a donation to Love Thy Neighbor to P.O. Box 39, Sealston, VA 22547.

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