Volunteers were up early last Thursday morning at the Pilot Mountain Outreach Center, handing out bags filled with everything necessary for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Bags of food supplied primarily by local churches with the support of businesses and organizations were quickly dispersed to area residents with need, along with smiles and holiday greetings.
The center will now turn its attention to Christmas, with plans being made for its 15th annual Yuletide project. This year’s project is scheduled to take place from Dec. 11-15.
The three-part program consists of a counseling session, a two-week supply of food for each family, and a trip for parents to the center’s “toy store.”
Registration applications for the program are now being taken at the center, located at 317 East Highway 52 Bypass. Sign-ups will be taken each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9-12. Applicants are asked to provide a social security card, picture ID and proof of residence (such as a piece of mail).
According to Pilot Mountain Outreach Center Co-Director Karen Caparolie, the program is planned each year to take place at a time when children are out of school for the holidays and don’t have access to school lunches.
Anyone wishing to volunteer during a portion or all of a shift may contact the center at 368-4907. If no one answers, leave name and contact number along with desired time or times to volunteer.