CRESTVIEW — For single mom Ceciley Austin and her 3-year-old son, Ryan Randolph, Sharing and Caring makes a difference.


CRESTVIEW — For single mom Ceciley Austin and her 3-year-old son, Ryan Randolph, Sharing and Caring makes a difference.



The Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue food bank's volunteers have tided her family over tough times for three generations, and help their neighbors as well, Austin said.



“I grew up and we didn’t always have a lot,” she said. “They helped my mama, and now they help me and my son. I know quite a few families who use Sharing and Caring.”



The food bank fed more people in September than ever before, helping 1,166 residents, including 41 new clients, according to Sharing and Caring President Robin Marston.



“And the numbers have gone way up since then,” she said, adding the closure of The Raymond Williams Missions Center on Highway 90 has driven many of its clients to Sharing and Caring.



Coupled with the increase in clients are the combined demands of upcoming holidays and colder weather, which draws homeless people to Northwest Florida.



“We’re just starting to hit the busy time of year, so our numbers are going to continue to go up,” Marston said.



INCREASED DEMAND



Sharing and Caring fed more people in September than ever before, helping 1,166 residents, including 41 new clients, according to its president, Robin Marston.



“And the numbers have gone way up since then,” she said, adding that closure of The Raymond Williams Mission Center on Highway 90 has driven many of its clients to Sharing and Caring.



WANT TO HELP?



Here's how you can help Crestview's Sharing and Caring food bank:



•Organize regular non-perishable food donations at your church and community organizations



•Regularly donate cash and non-perishable items. Deliver donations to Sharing and Caring, 298 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., in Crestview. Call 682-1907 for more details.



•Donate canned ham, stuffing mix, potatoes, canned gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, mushroom soup and desserts for Christmas dinners



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