Foster Families of America helping hungry families Nov. 19-21

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Volunteers and board members of the Foster Families of America gather outside of the store. In the back row (left to right) are James Mattingly, Paul Kilbourne, C.J. Weekley, Lisa Davis, and board member Bruce Bartlett. The center row (from the left) Tiffany Wilson, Sheba Griffin, Store manager Beth Kilbourne, board member Brenda Chambers, Serena Jordan and Director/Co-founder Wanda Jones. At the bottom are Heather Heitger (left) and Billy Workman (right). These are just some of the volunteers and board members that donate their time and efforts to make sure that the less fortunate in the area are provided for, this holiday season.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 02:33 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Nov. 19-21, Foster Families of America Inc. will have fresh produce available for needy families. Each family may fill one bag of produce to prepare for the upcoming holiday season.

Produce — donated through a program called "Crop Drop,” which collects food from local residents, grocery stores and other businesses — has included sweet and russet potatoes and pineapples in past years, but items may vary this year. 

Foster Families will provide paper and canned goods for the event, which may exceed its scheduled duration, organizers said.

“With the amount (of donations) we are getting, it may last more than three days,” president and co-founder Wanda Jones said, noting that the group could handle more than 200 pounds of food items this year, 150 pounds more than past collections.

Whether collections meet that project, “We just want people to know that we are here to help for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Jones said.

The thrift store offers household staples like furniture and clothing to financially needy families. Thanksgiving week, the store will donate food baskets to families struggling to put food on the table.  

 “We are roughly looking at 45 families that we are going to be feeding for Thanksgiving this year,” store manager Beth Kilbourne said. Through donations from the Crestview Exchange Club, each basket should furnish a family of four’s Thanksgiving feast, said Kilbourne.

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