ONTARIO — The Help Them To Hope campaign is ramping up, beginning this weekend with the annual Scout Food Drive, set for this Saturday in Ontario, Payette, Fruitland. Food collected in other towns will be kept for their local pantries.
People planning to donate non-perishable food should have it in front of their house by 9 a.m. to be picked up.
If food is not picked up, people are asked to drop it off at their nearest food pantry or food bank.
Over the next one to two months drop-off boxes for collection of toys and food will be located at a number places throughout the areas served by Help Them To Hope. Boxes will be set up in Ontario, Vale, Nyssa, Adrain, Payette, Fruitland, New Plymouth and Weiser.
Giving Tree locations, where people can pick a name of a specific person to buy a present for, are in Ontario, Adrian, Ontario, Vale, Nyssa, New Plymouth, Payette and Fruitland.
The Help Them To Hope campaign was started help people in need through the holiday season.
However, donation boxes will be in stores until the first of the year and items received after deadline for delivery in December, will be held over or given to the food bank.
Another date to remember is Dec. 1, for the annual Help Them To Hope concert, organized by Wanda Lemkuhl, which is held at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. Admission is by donation of non-perishable food items and is held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Another need for the charity drive is for volunteers to deliver the food and toy boxes to the recipients on delivery day.