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by Patty Cheffey
The Palmyra Food Pantry is having a Christmas in July event, but rather than sell items, they are looking for donations.
Knowing they often get items for the Christmas Store at the food pantry in December, when the store needs to be set up and operational, the food pantry volunteers are looking for donations in July for that store.
“We’ll still have the store the four Tuesdays before Christmas, but we need those donations now,” said Penny Knochel.
“We get nothing from the Toys for Tots program,” she added. “Everything we get comes from the buckets in the stores and through donations.”
While County Market keeps their bucket out all year for cash donations to the food pantry, Knochel said more buckets will be appearing in stores sooner rather than later this year.
Christmas gifts for children of all ages are needed, Knochel said, but especially for the teenagers.
“The older kids are especially more difficult to get items for,” she said, noting that games and balls of all kinds (footballs, basketballs and soccer balls) are always popular as are jewelry, body scents and especially Legos. “The Lego sets and craft kits are always good.”
Any donations, including cash, may be dropped off at the food pantry on Tuesdays, preferable between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. before the food pantry officially opens for the day.
Knochel noted that while people are shopping for Christmas gifts, they could go ahead and shop for school supplies.
“We’ll be opening the school supply shop sooner,” Knochel said. “And we need donations of any types of school supplies for that as well.”