volunteers go all out to bring a merry Christmas to needy
By Landon Bench
December 13, 2006 | CACHE COUNTY -- This year as the
holiday season nears, many are thinking of that perfect
stocking-stuffer or the newest appliance for our homes.
Unfortunately, many people even in Cache County will
be going without such extras.
Tremendous efforts are being made by churches as well
as other non-profit organizations, like the Cache Community
Food Pantry and the Utah Food Bank, to help combat this
situation. These organizations strive to get food, clothes
or money to help families in need, and donations come
in even more during Christmastime.
The Cache Community Food Pantry collects canned goods
and nonperishable foods, often from the Utah Food Bank,
and distributes them to Cache County and even senior
centers in Brigham City and Preston, Idaho. Volunteers,
often Cache County Jail inmates, about whom one Food
Pantry worker who asked not to be named said, "are always
dependable and always there." gather the food from various
churches and other locations.
The Utah Food Bank, said the worker, sends trucks.
"Sometimes it will have three palates [of canned goods
or nonperishable items], sometimes nine or 10 palates."
He also said that both private and public companies
donate, but the largest donors are individuals.
The Food Pantry completed a food drive this Saturday.
Food drives like this one are announced on the radio
and in local churches. The result from the food drive
Saturday was "pretty good," according to the Food Pantry
worker. "We got 17 bins of canned goods and seven or
eight bins of dried goods," he said. He also said there
would be additional food drives in March and May.
The LDS church is also helping needy families this
winter. Many members of the LDS church helped with the
food drive Saturday for Help Your Neighbor Day, according
to LDS Bishop Craig Tippets, of the Wellsville 8th ward.
Tippets, along with many of his friends and neighbors
left donations for the Boy Scouts and other ward members
to gather. When they're not donating cans for the Utah
Food Bank, Tippets and the LDS church are helping with
Sub-for-Santa or helping with other humanitarian aid.
"We have a pretty extensive effort for Sub-for-Santa
to meet the needs [of needy families]. Typically, we
make efforts within members of our ward to help to provide
those kids that may not have a Christmas."
As part of their ward party, Tippets said, donations
were collected for humanitarian aid. These donations
helped make about 350 newborn kits -- kits with basic
supplies used to help people in developing countries
receive a baby. These kits included such things as cloth
diapers, pins, soap, a washcloth, a basic nightgown
and a little blanket.
"It's a mind-boggling commitment that the [LDS] church
has to humanitarian efforts," Tippets said. He also
said the vast majority of the assistance is distributed