A canned food drive for the Community Children’s Shelter and Family Service Center is going strong and will continue until Dec. 15.
MTC Federal Credit Union started the “Be a Blessing, Do It on Purpose” campaign in November to benefit the shelter, which serves as a 24-hour shelter for children and minors who are at risk of abuse or neglect. MTC is also collecting monetary donations for the shelter.
Case manager Cali Hoggard said the shelter also runs a food pantry and sends food home with children as needed.
“Our community is always very generous and they’ve done really well so far,” Hoggard said. “We rely on our community a lot, so things like this are pretty vital.”
For this drive, canned vegetables, canned meats, dry goods, spices and paper and plastic bags are ideal donations.
“We usually give them about three days’ worth of food, and it’s best if they’re things that can be eaten at room temperature and don’t require cooking,” Hoggard said.
Hoggard said the shelter usually tries to provide more food for the holidays, when kids are home from school. Since most people are thinking more about donation this time of year, they’re able to maintain a steady supply of food.
MTC marketing president Mary Taylor said this is their second year holding the food drive for the shelter.
“This is a lot bigger than what we did last year,” Taylor said. “We want it to grow. We see our Ardmore branch as another arm of the community. We’re looking at doing different things. This could develop into something longer term.”
Donations can be dropped off at the MTC Federal Credit Union building at 2001 12th Ave NW, Community Children’s Shelter and Family Service Center at 15 Monroe Street NE, Pettit Machinery at 6010 W Broadway St and the County Building Center at 821 W Main St.