Plenty of ways to help during the Christmas holidays

Nov. 17, 2013 @ 05:23 AM

Yokefellow Service Center in Spindale is in need of blankets, cleaning supplies, toiletries and monetary donations.

Executive Director Carolyn said monetary donations are desperately needed to help with the heating fund. Yokefellow assists low income families with heating bills and the agency depends on donations from the community to be able to help more people.

Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can do so through Duke Energy's Share the Warmth program and Duke will match up to $50 per donation.

Share the Warmth provides financial assistance for heating bills for low income families in Rutherford County.

Send monetary donations to: Yokefellow Service Center, P.O. Box 352, Spindale, NC. Be sure to make the checks out to Duke Energy for the matching funds. 

Youth Council buying toys

FOREST CITY — The Forest City Youth Council is hosting its annual spaghetti supper and silent auction to raise money to help the less fortunate families in Rutherford County at Christmas.

The supper will be on Nov. 21 and will at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. at the Crestview Baptist Church fellowship hall.

Bids can be made on the silent auction items during the two hour supper meal.

Everyone is invited and 100 percent of the profits will go to help the less fortunate.

Tickets are $10 each.

Stockings to fill, bells to ring

FOREST CITY — The Salvation Army Christmas Cheer Center in the Tri City Mall, Forest City, has plenty of stockings to fill and angel tree names are available for anyone who wants to buy a Christmas gift for a child.

This year the center will help more than 350 families and more than 800 children. 

Each child from birth to age 12 will receive toys, a stocking and a teddy bear.

There are also items for older children and for senior citizens.

Each family will receive a Christmas dinner.

Monetary donations are being accepted through the Red Kettle drive. Bell ringers are already assigned to strategic places in Rutherford County.

If you are interested in ringing bells, call the Salvation Army at 704-482-0375 or  (828)287-0119 for more information.

Turkeys, canned goods needed

FOREST CITY— For its free Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 8, the Grace of God Rescue mission needs turkeys and canned foods such as yams, green beans, corn, peas, etc. Monetary donations are also needed.

For more information call (828) 245-9141.

The Thanksgiving meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thera-sage at South Main Street in Rutherfordton, is also collecting canned goods and staples for Grace of God rescue mission.

Blankets, canned goods, toiletries

FOREST CITY — "Reaching Outside the Walls Ministries" from the Word of Deliverance Church  is hosting a Thanksgiving Day Community Meal on Nov. 28. The Thanksgiving Day Community Feeding will be at Cool Springs gymnasium on West Main Street in Forest City from 9 to 11 a.m.

The meal feeds more than 250 Rutherford County individuals every Thanksgiving.

The ministry is asking for help with donations in collecting canned food, toiletries, blankets and clothes to give the families at the Thanksgiving day meal.

The group has a goal to collect 2,000 cans of food and 600 dry good food items such as pasta, cereal and rice.

Food donations, etc. can be dropped off at United Way of Rutherford County, 668 Withrow Road, Spindale; or at Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar School. 

For more information call (828) 248-2044, Kisha McDowell.

Toys for Tots

FOREST CITY — Toys for Tots, the 71-year-old Christmas toy project for children sponsored by the United States Marines, is underway in Rutherford County. 

Toys for Tots boxes are placed in areas across the county to collect the toys.

This Christmas season every toy that is donated through Toys for Tots will be given to a child in Rutherford County.

Coordinating the Toys for Tots is Sgt. Major Don Barrett USMC (Ret.), the MCJROTC at R-S Central High School and members of the Marine Corps League, Cpl. Chris S. Ebert Detachment 1221.

Coats 4 Kids 

FOREST CITY — Folk’s Cleaners is collecting good used coats for distribution to children in Rutherford County.

Owner Aubrey Folk is asking the public to bring only children’s coats that are in good shape.

The coats will be cleaned by Folk’s Cleaners before distribution.

Coats 4 Kids began several years ago but this is the first time in about two years it has been held.

Bring coats to the business locations at 227 Oak Street in Forest City or 117 Railroad Avenue in Rutherfordton.

Call Folk’s Cleaners at (828) 245-4974 for more information.

Food donations for Storehouse Pantry


FOREST CITY —   A county-wide food drive for the Storehouse Pantry is ongoing at Carolina Chiropractic Plus, 152 West Main Street in Forest City. Drop-off hours are Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m.-noon.

Call Carolina Chiropractic Plus at 828-245-2002 for more information.