MINGO JUNCTION -Mingo Junction Social Services is getting ready for its Easter food basket distribution on March 19.
Sophie Schoolcraft, Mingo Social Services director, said the baskets for the needy will be distributed beginning at 9 a.m. at the Municipal Building.
Persons wanting a basket must come to the Municipal Building in the next several weeks to make an application. Phone applications will not be accepted, Schoolcraft said.
BASKET PLANNING — Members of the Mingo Junction Social Services and supporters met Tuesday to discuss plans for the March 19 distribution of Easter baskets for the needy. Mingo Junction area residents wanting a basket need to come to the Municipal Building in advance to apply. Helping with the planning are, front, from left, Malinda Lewis, Wal-Mart Distribution Center general manager; Cynthia Torian, Wal-Mart Distribution Center associate; Sophie Schoolcraft, Mingo Junction Social Services director; and the Rev. James Dunfee of St. Agnes Catholic Church: and back, Sean Arai, Wal-Mart Distribution Center assistant general manager; the Rev. Sam Davis, Harmony United Methodist Church; and Rebecca Rager, Mingo Junction Fire Department.
She noted more than 250 baskets will be given away that day to Mingo Junction area residents.
Schoolcraft said, in addition to the food baskets, there will be Easter baskets with candy for children. She said the availability of gift cards will depend on the cash donations received.
Schoolcraft said donations for the food baskets come from a variety of organizations and from current and former residents. She noted in the past they have been overwhelmed with support for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter baskets.
Helping with the Easter food baskets are the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, First United Presbyterian Church, St. Agnes Catholic Church, Harmony United Methodist Church, St. John the Baptist Byzantine Church, St. Andrew's Orthodox Church and the First United Methodist Church, all of Mingo Junction; Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville; and the Junior National Honor Society at Indian Creek Junior High School.
People wanting to make cash or food donations should call Schoolcraft at (740) 535-9161 or mail donations to Mingo Junction Social Services, 501 Commercial St., Mingo Junction, OH 43938.