MINGO JUNCTION -Needy village residents have relied upon food baskets at the holidays for more than 30 years.
Members of the Mingo Junction Social Services on Monday met to discuss the food basket distributions for this Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Sophie Schoolcraft, social services director, said Thanksgiving food baskets will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 13 and on Dec. 18 for Christmas.
CHECK PRESENTED — Members of the Mingo Junction High School Class of 1960 on Monday donated $1,000 to Mingo Junction Social Services. Presenting the check to Sophie Schoolcraft, Mingo Junction Social Services director, center, on behalf of the class were Clara Sue Milewsky, left, and Joan Bell. Bell and Milewsky said they sent letters out to classmates asking for donations and were overwhelmed with the response. - Mark Law
The Mingo Junction Social Services distributes more than 250 baskets annually at the holidays.
Several village and area churches, including St. Agnes Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, Harmony Methodist Church, First United Presbyterian Church, St. John Byzantine, St. Andrew Orthodox and Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox, donate money and food items, as well as provide volunteers to help fill and hand out the baskets.
Hills Elementary and Indian Creek Junior High schools' staff and pupils also collect canned goods and help fill and distribute the baskets.
Cathy DiBenedetto, National Junior Honor Society adviser at ICJHS, said her pupils also help in collecting food and canned goods.
Schoolcraft said the baskets will contain food items for holiday dinners.
The Wal-Mart Distribution Center on state Route 43, Wintersville, donates dry goods, juices, water, frozen foods and meat for the baskets.
She said churches also will be taking names of children for whom gifts will be purchased for Christmas.
The Mingo Junction High School Class of 1960 recently donated $1,000 through contributions from class members.
Persons wishing to make a donation for the food distribution can do so by contacting Schoolcraft or mailing a donation to Mingo Junction Social Services, 501 Commercial St., Mingo Junction, OH 43938, or by calling Schoolcraft at (740) 535-9161. Schoolcraft said social services in the past has received hundreds of dollars in cash donations from throughout the country.
She noted applications for the baskets will be ready this week. The applications can be obtained by calling Schoolcraft or visiting the office in the Municipal Building.