Local events, food drives, gift donations and more are getting into full swing around Thanksgiving. Here's an updated list of ways to contribute and ways for those in need to find a little help.


Local events, food drives, gift donations and more are getting into full swing as Thanksgiving nears.

FOOD DONATIONS
Grace and Truth Community Church offers groceries
Grace and Truth Community Church at 12661 S. DuPont Highway, Felton,  will be handing out free Thanksgiving grocery bags at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24. Bags include a small turkey or turkey breast, coffee and dessert, and a short service will be provided.
Reservations are requested for both events by calling 284-0607. If leaving a message, say how many will be attending.
Transportation may be available for those who cannot drive themselves.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call 284-0607 or visit www.gtccde.org.

COAT DRIVE
Salvation Army seeking donations
The Salvation Army in Dover is currently in need of clean, used winter coats for the Annual Coat Drive. The coats can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed from 12:30 to 1:30 daily for lunch) at 611 Forest St. Salvation Army will stop taking coats the day before Thanksgiving, and will hand them out between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

THANKSGIVING
Salvation Army serves dinner
The Salvation Army is serving a Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, at the facility on Forest Street. The group will serve until 1 p.m. or until the food runs out.
All are welcome to share a meal, and no prior registration is needed.

BLANKET, COAT DRIVE
Catholic Charities holding Warm Up Winter
Catholic Charities is preparing to Warm Up Winter for its most vulnerable neighbors by collecting new and gently used blankets and bedding, coats, hats, and gloves through January. Catholic Charities will distribute donated goods through its food distribution programs at Bayard House in Wilmington, Casa San Francisco in Milton, and Seton Center in Princess Anne, and through its voucher programs in Wilmington and Seton Center.?All donated blankets and bedding, coats, and other clothing items should be clean, in good condition, and ready to use. Staff cannot clean, mend, or repair items.
Locally, donors can drop off items between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Kent County office, 1155 Walker Road, Dover. For information, call the office at 674-1600.

SHOE COLLECTION
New and gently-used children’s shoe drive at Good Feet
Share Your Soles for Christmas shoe drive for children is held at the Good Feet Store in Dover. People are encouraged to contribute children’s shoes that are no longer needed and in very good condition. Donations may be placed in the giving boxes in the front of the Good Feet Store at 706-B N. DuPont Highway, south of the TD Bank near the intersection of Route 13 and State Street.
The most needed types of shoes are sizes and styles worn by local children up to age 15. Those who donate should tie or buckle shoes together. New shoes can be left in their original packing box and should not be gift wrapped.

RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN
Volunteers needed to ring bells
Volunteers are needed to help The Salvation Army raise their Red Kettle Campaign goal of $70,000 by ringing the bell at stores. High School groups, community groups and families are a great asset to raising the goal. The group also encourages individuals to sign up.
For more information, call 678-9551 and ask for Dana Smith or Captain Lawrence Shurtleff.

FOOD DRIVE
Dover Ladies of the Elks holds annual drive
The Dover Ladies of the Elks is holding its annual food drive to benefit the Food Pantry at Calvary Assembly of God Church, 1141 E. Lebanon Road, corner of Route 10 in Dover. The church’s pantry also shares with other churches in the area.
The Ladies’ group will collect items at the lodge on Saulsbury Road through Friday, Dec. 10.
The ladies have a competition going on with the Dover Sons of the American Legion members again this year to see which organization can collect the most non-perishable food items which we will deliver to the church in early December. The groups also will collect money from those who wish to donate but cannot shop.
The winning organization collects will be served a full-course dinner prepared by the losing organization.

FOOD DRIVE
Neighbors Helping Neighbors asking for non-perishable items
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a food drive held by K. Hovnanian Homes at Chestnut Ridge and its community. Organizers are looking for non-perishable items to be dropped off at the model and sales office at K. Hovnanian Homes at Chestnut Ridge, 33 Almonds Way, Magnolia. Drop-off hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. All are welcome to help.

GIFT TREE
Santa to a Senior program kicks off
The Be a Santa to a Senior program has donation trees in local businesses and centers. Trees feature ornaments with the first names only of seniors and their respective gift requests. Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store with the ornament attached. Volunteers will then collect, wrap and deliver gifts to area seniors.
The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Kent and Sussex Counties has joined Halpern Eye Care, Halpern Ophthalmology Associates, Cape Henlopen Senior Center and Dover Mall to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.
Christmas trees with gift requests are in the following locations:

Halpern Opthmalogy Associates, 200 Banning St., No. 130, Eden Hill Medical Center, Dover, Dover Mall, Halpern Eye Care locations at 885 S. Governors Ave., Dover; 771 E. Masten Circle, Suite 109, Milford; 201 Stadium St., Smyrna; and 1404 Forrest Ave., Suite 1, Dover.

For more information, call 697-6435 or log on to www.beasantatoasenior.com.

SHEPHERD’S PLACE
Collections ongoing for needy mothers, children
The McDonald’s on Route 8 in Dover is collecting items for families at Shepherd’s Place through Saturday, Dec. 4. McDonald’s is asking for donations of the following: Coffee, cheese, breakfast items, drink mixes, creamer, spaghetti sauce, canned meats, sugar, rice, cleaning supplies, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet tissue, paper towels, bath towels, single bed sheets, single bed blankets, washcloths, flatware, dishes, pots and pans, microwavable dishes, shampoo and conditioner, and plastic containers.
Items can be dropped off before 6 p.m. every day through Saturday, Dec. 4.
For information on how to help, call Cynthia at 674-2095.

COAT DRIVE
Sound of Tri-State collecting coats through Dec. 19
Sound of Tri-State has teamed up with www.Onewarmcoat.org to organize a coat drive. Take clean, gently used coats and jackets to the store at 280 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, during business hours through Monday, Dec. 19. The first coat drive will benefit the Friendship House, a local non-profit organization. Customers may be eligible for a Sound of Tri-State gift card in exchange for their contribution.