by Lisa Tome
West Nottingham Presbyterian Church and the church's playschool/childcare have teamed up for a food drive to benefit Ray of Hope.
Within the first week of the collection, the church had met their 150 item goal for this first-ever event. Church administrative assistant Stephanie Crise said the food drive started after the church received a letter from Ray of Hope asking the community to host food and toy drives.
"It's going very well. We definitely see a need here at the church," said Crise.
Items being collected are: tuna fish, corned beef, canned turkey or chicken, Rice-a-Roni, Hamburger Helper, stuffing, rice, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, dried soup, canned soup, canned assorted vegetables, canned pasta, boxed pasta, cereal, baby food, laundry soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, tissues, cleaning supplies, diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6, and soap.
Donations may be dropped off at West Nottingham Presbyterian's church office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until noon through November 15.
"We are trying to get the community involved. Within three days, we had collected 100 items. I can't believe the amount we got," said Crise.
The church isn't only working to help the mission. They are also feeding people at the church. For a few years, the church has held a successful and heavily attended free luncheon the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
Now they've added a family dinner to their outreach.
The second Wednesday of each month, the church, at 1195 Firetower Road, Colora, will host a dinner. On November 13, the menu will feature chili, cornbread, salad, beverage, and dessert. Cost of the meal is $5 per person or $10 per family. The meal will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. All are welcome.
In October, the church held the first dinner. Nearly 60 people turned out for the lasagna meal.