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Making a list and checking it twice!

We are making a list and checking it twice!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas is almost here!

And so is the Calhoun County Democrat’s 7th Annual

'Christmas Shoebox Appeal’ for the Homeless

Calhoun County Democrats are excited to be collecting items for our neighbors for the 7th year!!

We are making a list and checking it twice! HO! HO! HO! CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE! Donations will be made to Community Enabler’s ‘Holloway House’, to Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center and to The Right Place in Anniston. Remember, the Community Enabler maintains a much needed and welcomed food pantry for the less fortunate in the community year-round.

We know that GREAT gifts for the homeless population include water resistant BACKPACKS. Having no place to ‘store’ items, the homeless usually carry their possessions with them, often in plastic bags. Backpacks would be a huge improvement!

As you make your purchases, keep in mind that Interfaith Ministries provide the homeless population with an opportunity for a weekly hot shower - making t-shirts and underwear - large and x-large - in high demand.

Please DO NOT wrap them. Bring them to HQ unwrapped :)

Food/snack items high on the homeless list are items with ‘pop-top’ lids, such as:

Vienna sausages; soups, ravioli, or pasta; canned chili; assorted fruit in a cup; any meal in a can with a Pop-Top! Snacks include chewy granola bars (chewy seem to work best because they are less likely to crumble); cheese crackers or peanut butter crackers; Fruit rollups or fruit snacks; Protein bars; beef jerky, Slim Jims, etc.; small packs of tuna and crackers, deviled ham, etc.; dried fruit/raisins ; peanuts/trail mix; fruit cups/pudding cups (the kind that do not require refrigeration!); small bottled water or juice; and a plastic spoon or fork. Please make sure that none of the items require refrigeration, as it can be several days before the bags are distributed.

Food items for the Food Pantry at Community Enabler - may include any item you may stock your own pantry with no requirement for ‘pop-top’ lids.

Personal care items are also useful and appreciated: socks (black or white, adult size); mini-pack of tissues; toothbrush; toothpaste; bar of soap; washcloth and/or hand towel; deodorant; comb; small packs of hand/body wipes; Band-aids; Lip balm/Chapstick; hand warmers; feminine care products.

A few people dropped off their donations today – toys and games, non-perishable food items, socks, gloves, underwear, toiletries. Sadly, the homeless include children. Their needs are much like that of adults - consider including a toy, game, puzzle or doll, etc. - that they can easily carry from place to place. Nothing that takes up much space.

See the short slide show of items brought in TODAY below:

SHOP – And enjoy the smile it puts on your face and the joy it brings to your heart. Bring your unwrapped gifts for the 7th Annual CalCoDem 'Shoebox' Christmas project to HQ, 812 Noble Street, corner of Noble and Hwy 202, from 10:00 am til 4:00 pm on:

· Wednesday, December 13th

· Wednesday, December 20th

· AND Thursday December 21st at 6:00 pm (Christmas Party)

· If those days don't work for you - let us know and we’ll try to make other arrangements.

· Email

· Text 256-225-3096

· Text 256-310-0955

We know: "A person is a person, no matter where they live."


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