By Chris Wilbur
SHARE Angel Tree
It’s that time of year when we start thinking about our neighbors in need and how their situations will affect their holidays. Poverty is everywhere, even right here in one of the wealthiest communities in the country. SHARE of McLean is a local food pantry and family assistance program which provides needed resources for those living in need in McLean, Great Falls, and the Pimmit Hills in Falls Church. These people include the elderly, the homeless, immigrants, the working poor, and those unexpectedly coming into hardship due to the loss of a job, escape from abuse, etc.
Most of the wishes are for gift cards because for those living in poverty, choosing what to buy is a luxury. Many elderly folks want gift cards to buy groceries or to fill prescriptions. Parents like to choose gifts to wrap up for their children and put under the tree. You may add a small gift, such as mittens, a box of candy, a book or small toy, to the gift card donation if you would like, but it is not required. There will also be some requests to assemble baby bags and adopt-a-family options available. Please return gifts to church by December 6. We ask for the gifts early so that they can be delivered to SHARE in time for their holiday party where they distribute the gifts.
In addition, we will be holding a food drive for the SHARE food pantry. Please place food donations in the bins located in the church entry way and in fellowship hall. The most needed items are:
2-pound bags of rice
canned beans of all varieties