With empty shelves in its food pantry from Superstorm Sandy, Catholic Charities West Virginia is facing another dilemma.
"We have signed up 351 families representing more than 1,000 families who are requesting Thanksgiving baskets," said Cindy Hammer, regional director of Catholic Charities. "This is more than double the requests from last year."
Last year, with the help of St. Brendan Parish in Elkins and St. Patrick's Parish in Coalton, Catholic Charities was able to provide 170 families with all the components needed for a Thanksgiving meal to cook at home.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Children of St. Brendan parish gather leaves from the Thanksgiving tree to help prepare supplies to fill baskets for those in need. Catholic Charities West Virginia hopes to fill and distribute 351 baskets, representing 1,000 local families needing help with a Thanksgiving meal. Pictured are Randilyn Bender, Brynna Phillips, Crosby Bender, Grace DeMarco, Anna Crumm and Zayah Hedrick.
Catholic Charities is asking for help from the community, other churches and civic organizations with this year's project.
"We have a few Elkins churches, 4-H clubs and the Vietnam Veterans helping," Hammer said.
"Those attending St. Brendan and St. Patrick's Churches were asked to consider doubling up on their donations to help fill the need."
Any groups or individuals who can help with this task are asked to call Catholic Charities at 304-636-4875. Supplies for the baskets are being collected through Nov. 9 and on Sunday, the youth from St. Brendan and St. Patrick's parishes will assemble the baskets.
Small baskets feed a family of one or two and should include a can of green beans or corn; a can of pumpkin; a pie shell; a can of sweet potatoes, a bag of potatoes a box of instant potatoes; a can of cranberry sauce; a can of gravy or a packet of gravy mix; a box of stuffing mix; and a box of muffin mix, a box of bread mix, or a roll mix.
Contact Beth Christian Broschart by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.