The beginning of the holiday season means it is time to begin planning for holiday food boxes. The M.O.R.E. Center gives out Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes to make the holiday just a little more special for those we help. The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) at Marengo High School have faithfully provided fifty food boxes for each of the past years at Thanksgiving time. At Christmas, the Zion Lutheran “Love Project” provides 100 food boxes. At MORE, we provide food boxes to the rest of our needy families. We purchase holiday food boxes from the Northern Illinois Food Bank at $16 each. The food bank more than matches the remainder of the costs. The box consists of a 12-14 pound turkey, canned fruit, canned vegetables, coffee, dessert mix, gravy mix, instant potatoes and stuffing mix. We supplement these boxes with bread, pastries, milk, butter and more. If you would like to help us purchase food boxes, you may do so by sending a check made out to MORE. Our mailing address is 829 Greenlee Street, Marengo, IL 60152. Please designate your check for holiday food boxes.

We want to also remember two other programs that affect our clients. The Angel Tree program provides new clothing for children. Look for the Angel Tree Christmas trees at various businesses. Thank you, Leslie Pace, for taking this on. Also, look for the Toys For Tots boxes around town. This program provides new toys for children. Thanks, American Legion, for taking this on locally, along with the retired Marine Corp.

At this time we have two volunteer needs: someone to plow snow and guys with pick-ups to retrieve food once a month. Call us, if you can help out.

We have so much to be thankful for when we compare ourselves to others. If you are able, please step up and help someone in need.

The center is open Wednesdays 9-12 and Thursdays 4-7, 829 Greenlee Street, Marengo, 815-568-7950, www.marengomorecenter.org

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