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December 17, 2012

Charities report increased need as Christmas approaches

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Other needs, he said, pertain to the homeless shelter New Haven operates.

“We are the only intact family shelter between Abilene and Fort Worth,” he said.

According to Rhodes, the shelter is in “constant need of bedding and laundry detergent. Anything that you have as a family, when a family comes in not working then we have to furnish it.”

Unfortunately, he said, some donors are more likely to give to a domestic abuse shelter than a homeless shelter, though he said New Haven works with those in need to help them become productive members of society.

New Haven “doesn’t just do shelter,” he said. “We work with Weatherford College and other places where we can do education. Job searches are mandatory, they have to want to work and go out and try to get a job, plus we do budgeting classes.”

He said anyone interested in donating to New Haven can call (940) 325-5654.

The New Haven shelter’s phone number is (940) 328-0910.

Tammy Lovell, organizer of First United Methodist Church’s food pantry, said the charity is currently feeding families through the pantry and a program aimed at discreetly placing food items in the backpacks of local needy students.

“We’re feeding 165 children a week on the Backpack Buddies program,” she said. “We are looking for donations or someone who wants to sponsor a child.”

To support the program, Lovell said the food pantry is in need of cheese crackers, Pop Tarts, Vienna sausages, pudding, apple sauce and fruit cups, noting cash donations are also appreciated.

The traditional food bank feeds another 200 to 300 individuals each month, she explained, adding the church is asking for donations of peanut butter, rice, beans, canned meat, pancake mix, instant mashed potatoes and cereal.

Meals on Wheels of Palo Pinto County is once again promoting a holiday wish list for its clients.

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