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Hands on Georgia food drive to benefit MANNA Thursday

MANNA of Thomson will receive a helping hand on Thursday. The Thomson Rotary Club is sponsoring a food drive to help the charity, which provides food to local citizens in need.

The drive is in response to a challenge from Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for citizens to volunteer for community service to improve the quality of life in Georgia neighborhoods.

"A growing, educated, healthy and safe Georgia is not achieved by state government alone, but through a collaborative effort including volunteerism," said Gov. Perdue in a press release.  "Georgians are eager to help and Hands On Georgia is making it easy by coordinating a week of community service projects."

From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, Alan Shapiro will have his motor home in the parking lot of The Depot, accepting donations.

"I was asked to do this to raise food for MANNA…for people in McDuffie County," said Mr. Shapiro. "We like to do some local things rather than just internationally."

Dot Knox, Rotary Club member, said she was asked to come up with some local projects.

"We didn't see any need in reinventing the wheel. We thought something that was already on-going and worthy of help, so that's how MANNA was chosen."

Churches, civic clubs, schools or individuals can help by donating the following:

  • Canned food items - meats (tuna, salmon, ham, chicken are especially needed), fruits, spaghetti and meat balls, other canned foods

  • Hygiene Items - toilet tissue, washing powder/dish washing liquid, soap, shampoo

  • Money - used to purchase food from Golden Harvest or local grocery stores

    After Sept. 29, items may be taken directly to MANNA at 118 Greenway Street.

    For additional information, contact Genelda McClain at 595-3138, or Dot Knox at 595-4983.

    Web posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005

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