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Hartselle Enquirer

City plans Caring Day, food drive begins Friday

The 12th annual Caring Day in Hartselle will be conducted Nov. 4 with donated nonperishable food items going to the area’s needy families.

Families who desire to participate are asked to place canned goods and other nonperishable food items at the curbside on that day for pickup by personnel of the public works department. Items should be placed at least 5 feet away from the blue recyclable containers.

Donations may also be dropped off at Hartselle Municipal Building, Hartselle Utilities, Joe Wheeler EMC, Sparkman Civic Center, city library, both fire stations, Hometown Market, Ace Auto Body, Hartselle Enquirer, all banks, Walgreens and CVS pharmacies and Dollar General.

First Assembly of God, Pattillo Street Church of God, First United Methodist Church and First Church of the Nazarene as well as all Hartselle City Schools are accepting donations. Food bins will be dropped off Friday, Oct. 21.

The food drive collected 9,916 cans and packages of food last year but has exceeded that total in previous years.

“Every year people have responded well to Caring Day,” said Susan Seibert, project coordinator, “and every donation is greatly appreciated. However, the need is greater this year because of the poor state of our economy. We’re asking everyone to give a little to ensure that we meet the need.”

Seibert said items donated with be sorted and packaged at The Caring Place. They will be used to stock pantries there and at four local church that operate food pantries. The food will be distributed to needy families in the Hartselle area prior to the Thanksgiving.

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