By Jessica Tulpin
For over 100 years the Salvation Army has offered a “hand up” to those less fortunate and this year is no exception.
The general area of Frogmore, Cultus, Langton, Glen Meyer, Long Point, Port Rowan and St. Williams is under the sponsorship of the Tillsonburg chapter of the Salvation Army. This year “The Army” is offering a new service to residents local to these areas.
Joan Skuce, Manager, Port Rowan Food Bank and Pastor Doug Smith of the Port Rowan Free Methodist Church have agreed to act as liaison for the Tillsonburg Salvation Army so there is no longer a requirement to travel to Tillsonburg to request a Christmas food hamper and/or children’s gifts.
Joan and Pastor Doug will be available on Thursday, December 7th from 2-5 p.m. at the Port Rowan Food Bank to take applications for food hampers and children’s gifts.
The Food Bank is located in the basement of the Port Rowan Free Methodist Church at 26 Erie Ave. If transportation is required to fill out an application, contact the Food Bank at 519-586-3003.
Requirements for hampers and gifts are: Proof of address, identification for all members of the household, proof of income and expenses (rent, utilities, etc).
Christmas kettles will also be out on the first three weekends of December collecting donations at Uncle’s Country Coffee, Wiggan’s Foodland and Country Fork. They were out on Shop the Shore weekend and “The Army” was able to raise over $2000 for those in need! Starting December 1st there will be a “Gift Box” set up at Wiggan’s to collect toys for children to be distributed later in the month by “The Army”.
Members of the community and representatives from Houghton Public, Valley Heights and Port Rowan Public, the Mennonite Brethren Church and the Free Methodist Church met with Major Rick Shirran to discuss coordination of efforts with the “The Army” in Tillsonburg to help those in need.
For years many local schools and churches have worked together to identify and assist families to have a bountiful Christmas by providing food and gifts. Posters and pamphlets were distributed to be posted in schools and stores so those in need can know where to go for help.
Any questions regarding hampers, donations, how one can help or receive help can be answered by calling the Port Rowan Free Methodist Church- 519-586-9090 or the Tillsonburg Salvation Army at 519-842-4447.
The Port Rowan Food Bank will be taking applications for food hampers this year. Doug Smith and Joan Skuce will be there to provide assistance on December 7th from 2 to 5 p.m.